Monday, May 3, 2010
'Green' exercise quickly 'boosts mental health'
Carol! Found out why you feel so much better living in your tree house on the river (and me near my forest):
Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health.....
"There is growing evidence that combining activities such as walking or cycling with nature boosts well-being.
In the latest analysis, UK researchers looked at evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found fast improvements in mood and self-esteem
The research looked at many different outdoor activities including walking, gardening, cycling, fishing, boating, horse-riding and farming in locations such as a park, garden or nature trail.
The biggest effect was seen within just five minutes.
Green and blue
A bigger effect was seen with exercise in an area that also contained water - such as a lake or river.
Study leader Jules Pretty, a researcher at the University of Essex, said those who were generally inactive, or stressed ........... would probably benefit the most from "green exercise". http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8654350.stm
Posted by Chloe at 8:55 AM