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
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.