Understanding the psychological health and well-being benefits of physical activity in nature: an ecological dynamics analysis

Brymer, Eric, Davids, Keith and Mallabon, Elizabeth (2014) Understanding the psychological health and well-being benefits of physical activity in nature: an ecological dynamics analysis. Ecopsychology, 6 (3). pp. 189-197. Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

There is growing evidence that contact with nature and physical activity in nature have considerable benefits for human health. Exposure to nature has been shown to improve psychological well-being, relieve stress, increase positive mood, enhance life skills, reduce mental fatigue, increase concentration, and reduce aggression. In this paper, we propose a functional perspective from ecological dynamics, which emphasizes the person-environment scale of analysis for understanding the psychological benefits of physical activity in nature. From this viewpoint, psychological benefits of green exercise emerge from a rich landscape of affordances or behavioral opportunities during interactions with natural environments to enhance human health and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Ecopsychology
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
ISSN: 1942-9347
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 13:39
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 10:38
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1645

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