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Restorative qualities of indoor and outdoor exercise settings as predictors of exercise frequency
Environment and Culture Unit, Institut for Environmental Decisions, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9970-9164
Environment and Culture Unit, Institut for Environmental Decisions, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
Environment and Culture Unit, Institut for Environmental Decisions, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
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2009 (English)In: Health and Place, ISSN 1353-8292, E-ISSN 1873-2054, Vol. 15, no 4, 971-980 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Positive environmental determinants of exercise frequency remain poorly understood. Knowing that people often value exercise for psychological restoration, we investigated the restorative quality of indoor and outdoor exercise settings as predictors of exercise frequency. We surveyed 319 members of fitness centers in Zurich that offer indoor and outdoor exercise alternatives. Outdoor settings were rated as more restorative. For each type of environment, restorative quality predicted the frequency of exercise in the past 30 days, independent of socio-demographic characteristics, expectations of exercise benefits, and personal barriers. We discuss the results with regard to the provision of exercise settings for urban populations.

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2009. Vol. 15, no 4, 971-980 p.
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Exercise frequency, Exercise setting, Health benefits of exercise, Restorative environments, Restorative quality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-113534DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.03.002ISI: 000270348400008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-113534DiVA: diva2:291061
Available from: 2010-01-29 Created: 2010-01-29 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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