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Study on the effect of different exercise


The study will focus on the Xcite facility in Bathgate and half of the participants will be allocated indoor activities, such as swimming, gym sessions and classes, and the remainder will take outdoor exercise, such as gardening, 
walking or golf.

Supporters hope the research project will help councils and leisure trusts plan future health programmes and facilities, including new outdoor spaces, “Green Gym” environmental programmes, and walking routes.

The research has been commissioned and undertaken by the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP), at Edinburgh University, and Stirling University’s Centre for Population Health and Public Health Research.

Dr Jepson added: “Physical activity has benefits for physical and mental health, including reducing a person’s risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But is it better to do this in a gym, or in the great outdoors?

“The indoor participants will receive their own tailored exercise programme, as is normal for people on local referral programmes.

The project will start in May, with the final report published in 2014.

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