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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Abstract

Background:
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.

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

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

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

Conclusion:
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
Volume29
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

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