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

BRYMER, Eric, DAVIDS, Keith and MALLABON, Liz (2014). Understanding the psychological health and well-being benefits of physical activity in nature: an ecological dynamics analysis. Ecopsychology, 6 (3), 189-197.

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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
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2013.0110
    Page Range: 189-197
    Depositing User: Carole Harris
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2014 10:14
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 19:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8541

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