Walking the walk: a phenomenological study of long distance walking

Crust, Lee and Keegan, Richard and Piggott, David and Swann, Christian (2011) Walking the walk: a phenomenological study of long distance walking. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23 (3). pp. 243-262. ISSN 1041-3200

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that regular walking can elicit significant psychological benefits although little evidence exists concerning long distance walking. The purpose of this study was to provide detailed accounts of the experiences of long distance walkers. Phenomenological interviews were conducted with six long distance walkers. Data were transcribed verbatim before researchers independently analyzed the transcripts. Participants reported a cumulative effect with positive feelings increasing throughout the duration of the walk. Long distance walking elicited positive emotions, reduced the effects of life-stress, and promoted an increased sense of well-being and personal growth. Results are aligned to theories and concepts from positive psychology.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Flow, personal growth, positive psychology, well-being
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:4655
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:23 Sep 2011 09:36
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 22:46

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