The Role of Physically Active Leisure for Enhancing Quality of Life

Mikihiro Sato, Jeremy S. Jordan, Daniel C. Funk

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Drawing upon bottom-up theory of life satisfaction, this study develops and tests a model that links physically active leisure to people's quality of life. Results from a sample of 827 running event participants revealed that satisfaction with event participation and psychological involvement in running were significant predictors of participants' life domain satisfaction and overall life satisfaction, both of which are common subjective indicators of quality of life. Conversely, behavioral involvement in running was a non-significant predictor of life domain satisfaction and overall life satisfaction. These findings suggest that physically active leisure may enhance participants' quality of life by providing positive experiences through event participation and contributing to psychological involvement in physical activity. © 2014

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-313
Number of pages21
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • involvement
  • physically active leisure
  • quality of life
  • satisfaction
  • sport events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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