Diversification of Physical Activities: An Exploration of Provision Characteristics of Holistic Movement Practices in a Large Australian City

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Vergeer, Ineke and Klepac-Pogrmilovic, Bojana. 2021. "Diversification of Physical Activities: An Exploration of Provision Characteristics of Holistic Movement Practices in a Large Australian City." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (19), pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910365
Article Title

Diversification of Physical Activities: An Exploration of
Provision Characteristics of Holistic Movement Practices in a Large Australian City

ERA Journal ID44293
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsVergeer, Ineke (Author) and Klepac-Pogrmilovic, Bojana (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal Citation18 (19), pp. 1-19
Article Number10365
Number of Pages19
Year2021
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN1660-4601
1661-7827
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910365
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/19/10365
Abstract

Holistic movement practices (HMPs) are an emerging category of physical activity, contributing to the diversification of physical activity opportunities. Purposefully incorporating not only physical but also mental, social, and/or spiritual elements, HMPs have received limited research attention with respect to participation parameters. The purpose of this study was to begin to map HMPs’ participation potential by exploring the provision features of HMPs in Melbourne. Data were collected via internet searches, with a focus on events offered. Event features, including type, cost, duration, venue address, and target groups, were recorded. Associated neighbourhood characteristics were also explored by linking venue locations to selected census information. Provision was documented for Yoga and Pilates in central Melbourne (1011 events), for Tai Chi and Qigong (323 events), and for a range of smaller HMPs (149 events) across Greater Melbourne. Results indicated a wide range in provision features. Affinities with the holistic nature of HMPs were noticeable in venue choices and neighbourhood socio-demographics. Mention of specific target groups was infrequent. Results are discussed in light of implications for uptake. HMPs exemplify the increasing diversity of physical activity opportunities in modern-day societies. Further research to elucidate their place in the landscape of physical activities is warranted.

Keywordsmind–body; Yoga; Tai Chi; Qigong; conscious dance; physical activity diversity; mindful movement; sport management
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420399. Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
420899. Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
420699. Public health not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsCentre for Health Research
Victoria University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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