11:44pm Thursday 21 November 2019

Does exercising outdoors benefit mental health?

A RESEARCHER is looking for people to take part in a study into whether taking part in outdoor exercise has a positive effect on health.

The research, which is taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire campus, is looking into the psychological benefits that people may gain by being physically active in different environments.

And there is an opportunity for the public to get involved by answering a simple questionnaire about their levels of physical activity and levels of well-being and anxiety.

Researcher Emma Lawton is looking for men and women over 18 years old who participate in at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of physical activity per week to complete a 15 minute online questionnaire.

Interesting findings

These activities can range from brisk walking and gardening, to running or carrying heavy groceries.

The research is part of Emma’s Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Psychology.

Emma said: “Physical activity in nature has a mixed response in research. I want to find out whether the psychological benefits of physical activity vary across different activity environments. We have already had some interesting findings, but we need more people to take part in the study.”

To take part in the survey, click here: https://11025286.typeform.com/to/FBqmoH

Manchester Metropolitan University is a leading university for the professions and a powerful driver of the North West economy.

The University educates and trains large numbers of the region’s legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals. It enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching and applied research and is a recognised innovator in partnership working with its local communities. The University is currently investing almost £300 million in its estate and facilities.

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