Departmental Bulletin Paper Leisure Lifestyle and Health in Okinawa

DONG, Erwei  ,  Arakawa, Masashi  ,  荒川, 雅志

7pp.21 - 31 , 2015-12-01 , 琉球大学大学院観光科学研究科 , Graduate School of Tourism Sciences, University of the Ryukyus
Limited previous research on leisure (both active and passive leisure) investigated how leisure activities impact people’s health in cross-cultural settings and there is no research on exploring relationships between leisure activities, leisure constraints, and health. In this study, a total of 250 questionnaires are collected at the end of a two-week data collection period in an aging village in Okinawa, Japan. Average age of the samples is 71.10 year old with 53.6 percent male participants. This study confirmed that leisure lifestyle (leisure activities and leisure constraints) impacts physical and mental health. Leisure lifestyle has positive outcomes that improve well-being, increase happiness, and reduce stress. In addition, socioeconomic status (SES) has no impact on health, however, only age and education level were moderately related to leisure lifestyle including leisure activities and leisure constraints. This study contributes to understandings of the relationship between leisure lifestyle, health, and SES cross-culturally.

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