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Infographic. Walking on sunshine: scoping review of the evidence for walking and mental health
  1. Paul Kelly1,
  2. Chloë Williamson1,
  3. Ruth Hunter2,
  4. Ailsa G Niven1,
  5. Nanette Mutrie1,
  6. Justin Richards3
  1. 1 Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2 Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  3. 3 Sydney Medical School Nepean, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul Kelly, Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK; p.kelly{at}

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The link between physical activity and better mental health is well established.1 2 However, substantially less is known about the relationships between walking and mental health.3 Morris and Hardman identified this gap in their seminal ‘Walking to Health’ paper in 1997 and stated that ‘The pleasurable and therapeutic, psychological and social dimensions of walking, whilst evident, have been surprisingly little studied’.4

Walking is an accessible, population-level behaviour conducted by persons of all ages and sexes, and as such one with great public health potential.5 …

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