Physical and emotional benefits of different exercise environments designed for treadmill running

YEH, Hsiao-Pu, STONE, Joseph, CHURCHILL, Sarah, BRYMER, Eric and DAVIDS, Keith (2017). Physical and emotional benefits of different exercise environments designed for treadmill running. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (7), p. 752.

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Link to published version:: 10.3390/ijerph14070752

Abstract

(1)Background: Green physical activity promotes physical health and mental wellbeing and interesting questions concern effects of this information on designing indoor exercise environments. This study examined the physical and emotional effects of different nature-based environments designed for indoor treadmill running; (2) Methods: In a counterbalanced experimental design, 30 participants performed three, twenty-minute treadmill runs at a self-selected pace while viewing either a static nature image, a dynamic nature image or self-selected entertainment. Distance ran, heart rate (HR) and five pre-and post-exercise emotional states were measured; (3) Results: Participants ran farther, and with higher HRs, with self-selected entertainment compared to the two nature-based environment designs. Participants attained lowered anger, dejection, anxiety and increased excitement post exercise in all of the designed environments. Happiness increased during the two nature-based environment designs compared with self-selected entertainment; (4) Conclusions: Self-selected entertainment encouraged greater physical performances whereas running in nature-based exercise environments elicited greater happiness immediately after running.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Evidence-Based Nature Therapy: Advances in Physiological Evaluation
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.3390/ijerph14070752
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 14:23
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 16:49
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16231

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