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Exercise in Living Environments: A Healthy Lifestyle

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 1067

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Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Kookmin University, Seoul 02707, Republic of Korea
Interests: physical activities; environmental physiology; cognitive function; health
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Dear Colleagues,

We are thrilled to present this Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health focusing on "Exercise in Living Environments: A Healthy Lifestyle". In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the intricate relationship between physical activity and the environments in which we live, work, and play. This Special Issue brings together a collection of insightful research articles that explore various aspects of this dynamic interplay.

From urban landscapes to natural settings and from workplace environments to home spaces, the ways in which our surroundings influence our exercise behaviors and outcomes are manifold. Understanding these interactions is crucial for developing effective strategies to promote physical activity and enhance public health.

The articles featured in this Special Issue delve into topics such as the impact of built environments on physical activity levels, the role of technology in facilitating active living, and the importance of designing inclusive spaces that encourage movement for all individuals. It is our hope that this collection will inspire further research, spark innovative ideas, and inform policies aimed at creating environments that support and encourage active lifestyles.

Dr. Yongsuk Seo
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • exercise (physically demanding activities)
  • environment
  • health and well-being
  • wearable monitoring devices
  • cognitive function

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Effects of Childcare Hands-On Gardening on Preschoolers’ (3–5 Years) Physical Activity in Semi-Arid Climate Zone
by Muntazar Monsur, Tristen Hefner, Jason Van Allen, Nazia Afrin Trina, S. Y. Andalib and Nilda Cosco
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2024, 21(5), 548; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph21050548 - 26 Apr 2024
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How hands-on gardening impacts behaviors including healthy eating and physical activity during early childhood can be of critical importance for preventing the early onset of obesity. This study investigates how participating in hands-on gardening impacts preschoolers’ (3–5 years old) physical activity (measured by [...] Read more.
How hands-on gardening impacts behaviors including healthy eating and physical activity during early childhood can be of critical importance for preventing the early onset of obesity. This study investigates how participating in hands-on gardening impacts preschoolers’ (3–5 years old) physical activity (measured by accelerometers) in childcare centers in the semi-arid climate zone. The research was conducted in eight licensed childcare centers located in West Texas with 149 children (n = 149). Four childcare centers in the experimental group received hands-on garden interventions; the other four in the control group did not. In both experimental (intervention) and control (non-intervention) centers, children wore Actigraph GT3X+ accelerometers continuously for 5 days before and for 5 days after intervention (a total of 10 days). Results show that the duration of sedentary behavior of children in the experimental (intervention) group significantly decreased compared to children in the control (non-intervention) group. The finding suggests that the positive effects of childcare hands-on gardening on physical activity extend to semi-arid climate zones where gardening is challenging due to high temperatures and lack of annual rainfall. The research emphasizes the critical need to incorporate hands-on gardening in childcare centers as an obesity prevention strategy nationally in the US and beyond. Full article
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