A healthier way to meet people: the experiences of LGBT people exercising with a peer group

David J Hunter*, Kevin Boyle

*Corresponding author for this work

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) individuals have been shown to have poorer health when compared to those who identified as heterosexual. Additionally, they encounter barriers that deter participation in sports.

To understand the experiences of LGBT individuals who participate in physical activity with peers.

An exploratory-descriptive qualitative (EDQ) study with data collected via face-to-face interviews from 12 participants. Data were thematically analysed to identify findings.

exercising with peers represents a healthier way to meet people. Participants experienced improved physical, mental and social health.

Engaging with a peer group for physical activity can have a transformational effect on members of the LGBT community, impacting on all aspects of their wellbeing. Nurses, and other health professionals, should be aware of the multifaceted benefits that exercising with a peer group can have, using their regular interactions with this patient group to recommend peer-supported exercise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1068-1073
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • LGBT health
  • exercise
  • peer support
  • qualitative research
  • marginalised groups


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