This focused research project is analysing the health and wellbeing benefits office workers experience when walking in different environments.

Based in Barcelona, Spain, the study recruited workers from the PRBB building – which is located right on the beachfront.

60 male and female participants walked between 20 minutes and an hour every day for 5 days along one of two routes that included either:

  1. the beach of Barcelona
  2. non-green and non-blue streets of Barcelona

To assess changes in their health and wellbeing, the workers answered questions adapted from the BlueHealth Survey before and after the intervention.

 

 

They provided data before and after a period of remaining in the office for 5 days, to ensure a controlled comparison. In addition, a series of physiological factors were measured including height, weight, blood pressure and cortisol levels.

Participants also carried a Zephyr BioHarness, which measured heart rate variability and several physical activity parameters, and the BlueHealth Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT) was used to evaluate the environment in which the workers were walking.

Data was collected from April 2017 to October 2017 and is currently being analysed.

The team recently discussed their project on local television, which you can view here (in Catalan).