Green Exercise
'Physical activities in nature'

Our Research Evaluation of nature-based interventions About Us

At the University of Essex we have been researching the concept of 'Green Exercise' for over 12 years, and are world leaders in the field. The extensive programme of research undertaken here at Essex has demonstrated that Green Exercise can benefit both physical health and mental wellbeing.

Our Green Exercise Research Team consists of experts in the areas of exercise physiology, psychology, public health, environmental sustainability, community engagement and behaviour change.

We examine where, when and why Green Exercise brings health and well-being benefits. We aim to understand who can benefit the most from Green Exercise and how it can be used as a means to drive behavioural change. Our team use many different techniques to explore the mechanisms underpinning the psychological and physical benefits of Green Exercise both using laboratory studies and field-based approaches where we work closely with a number of health and environmental organisations.

We are also researching various forms of Green Care -nature-based interventions- which promote health and well-being outcomes for vulnerable groups.

Our research has far reaching implications for both public health and environmental agenda at a local, national and international level. Click here for more information about the impact of our work.

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