Document Detail

Exercise-, nature- and socially interactive-based initiatives improve mood and self-esteem in the clinical population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22616429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
AIMS: This study evaluated two existing group-based health promotion initiatives (a social club and a swimming group) and compared these to a new green exercise programme (weekly countryside and urban park walks).
METHODS: Participants represented a clinical population (N = 53) and were all experiencing a range of mental health problems. They only attended one of the three programmes and sessions were held once a week for six weeks in all initiatives. Composite questionnaires incorporating two standardized measures to analyse changes in self-esteem and mood were completed before and after all sessions.
RESULTS: A significant main effect for self-esteem and mood pre and post activity (p < 0.001) was reported after participating in a single session. The change in self-esteem was significantly greater in the green exercise group compared with the social activities club (p < 0.001). Dose responses showed that both self-esteem and mood levels improved over the six-week period and improvements were related to attendance in the green exercise group.
CONCLUSIONS: Green exercise as a health-promoting initiative for people experiencing mental ill health is equally as effective as existing programmes. Combining exercise, nature and social components in future initiatives may play a key role in managing and supporting recovery from mental ill health, suggesting a potential 'green' approach to mental healthcare and promotion.
Jo Barton; Murray Griffin; Jules Pretty
Related Documents :
23217359 - Effect of speed on the upper and contralateral lower limb coordination during gait in i...
2070599 - Teat stimulation-induced oxytocin and catecholamine release in pregnant and lactating h...
1827109 - Hormonal, electrolyte, and renal responses to exercise are intensity dependent.
23117349 - Feasibility, safety and preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of a home-based exerc...
9013199 - Responses of catecholamines, renin-angiotensin system, and atrial natriuretic peptide t...
23877979 - Categorical analysis of the impact of aerobic and resistance exercise training, alone a...
12015339 - Plantar flexor activation capacity and h reflex in older adults: adaptations to strengt...
12163219 - Chronic heart failure and skeletal muscle catabolism: effects of exercise training.
17909399 - Gxt responses in altitude-acclimatized cyclists during sea-level simulation.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perspectives in public health     Volume:  132     ISSN:  1757-9139     ISO Abbreviation:  Perspect Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101499631     Medline TA:  Perspect Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ, UK.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Compliance of children in northern France with physical activity recommendations.
Next Document:  A short history of sheep scab.