The Blue Gym project is based at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, and aims to capture evidence about how natural water environments (including the coast, rivers, lakes and inland waterways) can be utilised to promote human health and wellbeing.
The Blue Gym project can be broken down into two parts:
Blue Gym research consists of a series of multi method studies to investigate the psychological and physical health benefits of exposure to natural water environments. Researchers are working on a number of laboratory and field based studies, as well as secondary data analyses. There are several PhD studentships around the Blue Gym, including a project focusing on children's health and wellbeing led by Rebecca Jenkin in conjunction with two Cornish businesses. A second project led by Kloe Wood-Lyndorff focuses on developing a network to bring together small and medium sized businesses in Cornwall to spark innovation around the Blue Gym.
Although the Blue Gym has a focus on research, we also aim to involve families, communities, businesses and health professionals from Cornwall and beyond in an on-going dialogue about the Blue Gym. If you'd like to get involved, contact us or take our survey. If you're looking for activities in and around the Blue Gym in your area, visit our links page.