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Enriching green exercise research

Bamberg, J; Hitchings, R; Latham, A; (2018) Enriching green exercise research. Landscape and Urban Planning , 178 pp. 270-275. 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.06.005. Green open access

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Abstract

There is a growing body of research that, under the banner of ‘green exercise’ considers the additional physical and psychological benefits that may be accrued by those who exercise in ‘natural’ environments. This essay considers the implications of how this research has been conducted to date and argues that it may be usefully enriched by a fuller examination of how exercise and environment come together in less controlled conditions. After outlining some ideas and approaches commonly found in this field, we contend that there are two problems here: firstly, the focus on ‘green’ – in so far as this defines the experience in certain visual terms – and, secondly, the focus on ‘exercise’ – in so far as this downplays diversity in physical experiences. In response, we argue that studies centred on how various environments are inhabited by various groups of exerciser could provide fresh ideas about how best to promote the benefits of green exercise. We make this argument because the implied vision of positive landscape design currently associated with this field is typified by flat surfaces that allow exercisers to visually consume vegetation without other stimulation. With reference to qualitative work on recreational running, we contend that this is not always the way to go.

Type: Article
Title: Enriching green exercise research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.06.005
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.06.005
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/)
Keywords: Green exercise, Research design, Qualitative methods, Public health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053009
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