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Walking the walk: A phenomenological study of long distance walking

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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. © Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Authors


  •   Crust, Lee (external author)
  •   Keegan, Richard J. (external author)
  •   Piggott, David (external author)
  •   Swann, Christian (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Crust, L., Keegan, R., Piggott, D. & Swann, C. (2011). Walking the walk: A phenomenological study of long distance walking. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23 (3), 243-262.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79960855356

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3420&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2419

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Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 243

End Page


  • 262

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United States

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. © Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Authors


  •   Crust, Lee (external author)
  •   Keegan, Richard J. (external author)
  •   Piggott, David (external author)
  •   Swann, Christian (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Crust, L., Keegan, R., Piggott, D. & Swann, C. (2011). Walking the walk: A phenomenological study of long distance walking. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23 (3), 243-262.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79960855356

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3420&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2419

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 243

End Page


  • 262

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United States