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Affective Outcomes of Group versus Lone Green Exercise Participation

Rogerson, Mike and Colbeck, Ian and Bragg, Rachel and Dosumu, Adekunle and Griffin, Murray (2020) 'Affective Outcomes of Group versus Lone Green Exercise Participation.' International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (2). p. 624. ISSN 1661-7827

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‘Green exercise’ (being physically active within a natural environment) research has examined the influence of environmental setting on health and wellbeing-related exercise outcomes. However, it is not known whether social exercise settings influence green exercise-associated changes in mood, self-esteem, and connection to nature. This study directly compared outcomes of participating in green exercise alone compared to in a group. Using repeated measures, counterbalanced and randomized-crossover design, participants (n = 40) completed two 3 km runs around sports fields. These fields had a relatively flat grass terrain, predominant view of trees, and open grassland. On one occasion participants ran alone and on the other they ran in a group of 4–5 participants. Questionnaire measures of mood, self-esteem, and connection to nature were completed immediately pre- and post-run. Across all of the measures, two-way mixed ANOVAs found that there were statistically significant effects for time but not for time-by-condition interactions. The simplest interpretation of this finding is that social setting does not influence individuals’ attainment of the psychological outcomes of green exercise participation. However, we discuss the possibility that more complex processes might underpin this finding.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: green exercise; group; social; mood; self-esteem; environment; nature
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 08:43
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:37

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