“Environmental Psychology” the mental benefits of physical activities in natural settings

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Practicing sports and physical activities has a huge positive impact on physiological and psychological wellbeing of individuals. Drawing from Environmental and Positive psychology, the idea presented in this paper highlight the even stronger psychological benefits related to training, exercising and playing sports in natural environments. Specifically, given their intrinsic characteristics, such contexts are more prone then urban environments to foster positive emotions, controlled cognitions and aware consciousness. Future research should focus on understanding such effects, also providing guidelines and applications to promote a prolonged engagement in physical activities, which in turn can lead to better health and quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Article number555717
JournalPsychology and Behavioral Science International Journal
Issue number4
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Science - Sport, Natural environments, Physical activity, Mental benefit, Psychological wellbeing, Attention restoration, Mindfulness, Flow

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