Outdoor exercise embodiment

HowgillsHART researchers, Dr Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Dr Aspasia Leledaki (Independent Researcher and HART Associate Member), have recently published their work on the sensory dimensions of outdoor exercise, and the ways in which people engage in ‘making sense of the senses’. Their article ‘Sensing the Outdoors‘ in Leisure Studies journal contributes to a developing body of phenomenological-sociological empirical work on the sensory dimension, by addressing the lived experience of organised physical activities in ‘natural’ outdoor leisure environments. Based on the findings from a 2-year ethnographic study of a Welsh national physical activity programme, ‘Mentro Allan/Venture Out’, which involved in-depth fieldwork and interviews – including 68 with Programme participants, this particular article examines the visual and haptic (touch-related) dimensions of sensory engagement with organised outdoor leisure activities, including experiences of ‘intense embodiment’.

About Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

Professor in Sociology & Physical Culture, Director of HART, University of Lincoln.

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