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Exploring Nature-and Social-Connectedness as Mediators of the Relationship between Nature-Based Exercise and Subjective Wellbeing
journal contributionposted on 2023-03-30, 02:57 authored by DG McNeil, A Singh, Tim ChambersTim Chambers
Background and Objectives: Underlying mechanisms behind the benefits of nature-based exercise (NBE) for subjective wellbeing (SWB) remain largely unknown. Nature-and social-connectedness may be the factors that contribute to better subjective welling. This study explores whether nature connectedness and social connectedness mediate the relationship between NBE and SWB. Method: Participants (N = 359 Australian citizens; Female = 229 (63.8%); Mage = 40.15, SD = 16.23) recruited through social media responded to an online survey focused on NBE, SWB, social connectedness, and nature connectedness. Results: Correlations revealed positive associations between variables. The relationship between NBE and SWB was significantly serially mediated by nature connectedness and social connectedness. Yet, at an individual level, social connectedness mediated the relationship, but nature connectedness was not significant. Conclusion: It is important that researchers better understand potential mechanisms associated with increased perception of happiness and life satisfaction through nature. Individuals who exercise in nature, with stronger connections to nature, perceive a stronger bond to the social world, and are more likely to have greater wellbeing. The importance of social connectedness identified further supports that more research is needed to better understand the role of connection to humanity regarding exercise in nature.
Publication classificationC1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
PublisherMARY ANN LIEBERT, INC
Social SciencesPsychology, MultidisciplinaryPsychologyNature-based exerciseEcological dynamic perspectiveSubjective wellbeingNature connectednessSocial connectednessPHYSICAL-ACTIVITYHEALTH-BENEFITSENVIRONMENTSAFFORDANCESCONNECTIONOUTDOORSEXPOSURESCALEBehavioral and Social Science3 Good Health and Well BeingPublic Health and Health Services not elsewhere classifiedPsychology not elsewhere classified