Exercise Increases Connectedness To Nature Regardless Of Perceived Pain
Medicine and Science in Sports and Science
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PURPOSE: This double-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover study examined the effect of induced painful sensation (via acute Beta Alanine (B-ALA) ingestion) on Love and Care of Nature (LCN), heart rate (HR), rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) during outdoor exercise. METHODS: Twenty participants volunteered on consecutive days to complete a 0.8 km (0.5 mi) up-hill hike after consuming either B-ALA (6.4 g) or placebo. Immediately after consumption participants answered LCN, RPE, and MPQ questionnaires, immersed in a natural environment for 45 minutes, and then completed a hike as quickly as possible without running. RESULTS: No difference in HR (p = .846), or RPE (p = .606) were observed between treatments. Total MPQ scores increased with consumption of B-ALA (p = 0.001). An increased LCN score was observed following exercise regardless of condition (p = .035). CONCLUSIONS: The results demonstrate that acute B-ALA supplementation is effective in increasing perceived pain. The results also demonstrate an increase in LCN in the presence of increased perceptions of pain during exercise.
Exercise; Pain; Senses and sensation; Nature
Exercise Physiology | Exercise Science
Salatto, R. W.,
Navalta, J. W.
Exercise Increases Connectedness To Nature Regardless Of Perceived Pain.
Medicine and Science in Sports and Science, 53(8S),