Walking the walk: a phenomenological study of long distance walking
Crust, L, Keegan, R, Piggott, D & Swann, C 2011,'Walking the walk: a phenomenological study of long distance walking', Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, vol. 23, no.3, pp. 243-262.
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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.