Paths for All Workplace Step Count Challenge 2015: A qualitative study of participants’ perceived physical and mental health benefits of participation in the Step Count Challenge

Ailsa Niven, Noor Khalife

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Abstract

This study reports the findings of interviews with ten women regarding the perceived benefits from participating in the 2015 Step Count Challenge
Participants reported physical health benefits that included body changes, improved sleep, increased endurance and improved health conditions.
From the interviews, the largest category of findings related to mental health benefits. Eleven themes emerged and included social benefits, increased motivation, enhanced sense of awareness and sense of achievement, improved mood, decreased stress, and enhanced quality of life.
Eight out of ten participants also reported that participating in the Step Count Challenge was an empowering experience that helped them realize their capabilities and prioritize walking.
There was some evidence that the physical and mental health benefits were inter-linked with physical health improvements leading to mental health benefits, and vice-versa.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPaths for All
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2016

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