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Walking and .. young people .. green walking ..walking may/may not be enough .. #SHEUres links to research

Walking and .. young people .. green walking ..walking may/may not be enough .. #SHEUres links to research

Walking ... 

SHEU ask young people many questions about their health and wellbeing including sports and activities they do outside school.

'Walking' usually appears at the top of the top ten list [chosen from a list of around 40 items].

12-15 yr olds and their favourite sports/activities outside school [Young People into 2013 p75-77]

Meanwhile ... green walking ...

"Members of local Mind groups participated in both a green outdoor walk and an indoor shopping-mall walk, both of which were for the same amount of time. Improvements in self-esteem and mood were significantly greater following the green outdoor walk in comparison to the equivalent indoor walk, especially for feelings of anger, depression and tension." "In total, 88% experienced an overall improvement in their mood and 90% of participants reported improved levels of self-esteem."
More info here ...
http://www.greenexercise.org/Walks_for_Mental_Health.html
and here ...
http://www.mind.org.uk/media/273470/ecotherapy.pdf

plus ...

Exercise-, nature- and socially interactive-based initiatives improve mood and self-esteem in the clinical population

Ecominds: Effects on Mental Wellbeing : Ecominds programme: Wellbeing evaluation - A report for Mind

Walking improves creativity ...

"Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking."
More info here ...
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/april/walking-vs-sitting-042414.html

Walking may not be enough ...

" ... an independent clinical trial ... performed an 8 week intervention with [office workers] ... Results were quite astounding - employees who participated in [the] lifestyle program and worked out 3 times a week in [the] gym improved their BioAge by an average of 5 years and improved virtually all aspects of brain function tested." "... Half of the employees represented the control group and the other half the exercise group. Both groups did a 10,000 steps per day walking program with the exercise group attending the gym three times a week to do a novel approach to resistance training in addition to the steps." "The results of the trial found that by doing 10,000 steps a day, the control group received modest improvement in their BioAge and brain functions. Average exercise level for most Australian office workers is between 3,000 – 5,000 steps a day. The clinical trial established that when more vigorous exercise is added three times per week, BioAge and brain function increase significantly." "The employees who attended the gym as well as completing the 10,000 steps showed significant increases in alertness and energy levels. ... The results showed that there was no improvement of anger level with the walking group but the exercise group’s levels dropped significantly. The results established that in order to really control stress levels and burn adrenaline, vigorous exercise is needed. ... Both of the groups improved their reaction time with the exercise group arriving at decisions much faster. ... The exercise group performed much better than the walking group in a classic ‘stress-test’ measure of brain function."
More info here ...
http://bodybrainperformance.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56:bbpi-clinically-proven&catid=1:general

Walking may be enough ...

"Walk to School Week 2014 takes place 19-23 May. Every year, as part of National Walking Month, Living Streets brings together over half a million schoolchildren and their teachers and parents."
More info here ...
http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/walk-to-school/walk-to-school-week-2014

Walking, young people and research ...

Should you wish to venture along ... #SHEUres have many links to research about young people and walking.
More info here ...
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