Can Cornwall's beaches make you better?
Scientists are investigating whether doing exercise by the Duchy's coast helps our wellbeing.
Volunteers on exercise bikes will have their blood pressure and pulse checked as they are shown film of our stretches of sand.
The study is being carried out at the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health at Treliske.
Abi Scott, the Research Coordinator running the study, believes the research will shed light on the most beneficial ways for individuals to use the environment around them:
“We’ve all experienced the joy of the outdoors, whether through relaxing on the beach, walking the coast path or riding a bike; we take to the outdoors in a variety of ways and for many reasons. We want to know how coastal environments affect us mentally and physically, so we can make the most of any benefits that exist.”
The team were keen to use Cornwall’s outstanding coastline in the research, which features images from several of the county’s north coast beaches.
The study is taking place throughout the summer and autumn and will initially focus on young adults aged between 18 and 24. If you are interested in taking part please contact Abi Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org