Special Issue "Advances in Green Exercise and Health Promotion"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2021.
2. Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Postboks 400 2418 Elverum, Norway
Interests: physical activity; health sciences; sports medicine; nature experiences; quantitative research methods
Interests: ’Green Exercise’; nature-connectedness; nature-based interventions for vulnerable groups; public mental health and wellbeing
Interests: public mental health; nature-based services; phenomenology; substance abuse; global mental health
Interests: applied research; natural environments and health; primary-care-based health and physical activity promotion
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Growing evidence in the past decade has shown that ‘green exercise’, i.e., any physical activity taking place in the presence of nature, often of a health-enhancing intensity, can lead to health benefits above and beyond those provided by physical activity alone. Such positive psychological, physiological, and social health benefits can support longer-term engagement in physical activity, as well as lead to greater nature connectedness and pro-environmental behaviour. Therefore, our chosen exercise setting has the potential to shape behaviours, facilitate physical activity, and enhance social connections.
The term ‘green exercise’ is not limited to physical activity taking place in ‘green’ spaces (i.e., environments dominated by the presence of grass and green foliage). An increasing body of evidence shows that physical activity in other natural environments, such as ‘blue’ spaces' (i.e., environments characterized by the presence of water) and even ‘orange’ spaces (i.e., landscapes dominated by fall foliage), can provide similar health-effects. In all cases, green exercise promotion has a potential role in relieving some of the health and economic burdens placed on society because of inactivity, whilst promoting broader health and wellbeing. However, a recent systematic review of the literature (Lahart, Darcy, Gidlow, and Calogiuri, 2019) emphasized how green exercise research is often constrained by methodological limitations, and called for rigorous and well-designed (possibly longitudinal) experimental trials.
This Special Issue seeks research papers on the health-promoting effects of green exercise in different populations. This may include studies investigating the additional health benefits of green exercise compared with physical activity in other environments, as well as studies determining how green exercise can contribute to increased levels of physical activity and sustained behaviour change. We prioritize (but are not limited to) well-designed randomized controlled trials, longitudinal studies, and evaluations of best-practice initiatives. We hope this Special Issue initiates a new movement of high-quality studies in the field of green exercise.Prof. Giovanna Calogiuri
Dr. Jo Barton
Dr. Børge Baklien
Prof. Christopher J Gidlow
Dr. Tadhg Macintyre
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- active transport
- behavior chance
- health promotion
- mental health
- nature connectedness
- physical activity
- public health
- restorative experience