Let’s Get Outdoors!

Monday, May 17th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

At the Colchester Campus of the UK’s University of Essex, research conducted by Dr. Jo Barton and Professor Jules Pretty has shown that a small amount of daily "green exercise" — for example, taking a stroll through a pleasant park or garden — will improve people’s mood, self-esteem and mental health. In fact, they found that just five minutes of such nature-based physical activity produced the greatest positive effect.

Prior work by the two researchers had already reinforced connections among nature, exercise in green environments and health benefits. In the new study, all natural environments were seen to be beneficial, including urban green spaces. Natural settings that included the presence of water generated especially desirable results.

To read the University of Essex news release about this study, click on http://www.essex.ac.uk/news/event.aspx?e_id=1588.


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