With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to go outside. Recent research concluded that spending 30 minutes outside per week has a positive impact on blood pressure and can reduce the risk of depression.
A Small Dose of Nature to Boost Your Well-being
Researchers asked 1,538 residents of the city of Brisbane, Australia, about their weekly habits related to physical activity and nature. The results of this study showed that the people who visited green spaces like city parks on a regular basis had lower rates of blood pressure and depression. Those same people showed greater social cohesion than others. Out lives are so busy that we rarely make time to relax and enjoy nature. Don’t spend all of your time indoors. Computers, TVs, smartphones, and all that are great inventions, and they do make our lives a lot easier when it comes to working and staying connected, but don’t let them consume you. Make time to take a walk in the park, or go for a hike during the weekend to take care of your mental and physical health.
A 2015 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that people who took a 90-minute stroll through nature experienced fewer negative thoughts and showed less activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, a brain region that seems to play a key role in some mood disorders.
Source: Business Insider
Most of the world’s population live in urban areas, but why stay indoors when there’s so much amazing nature to experience right outside your door? Urbanization has been shown to contribute to high levels of mental illness, yet spending time outdoors has been found to boost short-term memory, improve vision, and reduce inflammation. Isn’t the choice obvious? Be active and explore the wonders of the great outdoors.