Sitting inside, wishing you were outside?
Take a Mental Health break and get outdoors!
What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health?
This study assesses the doses of nature and green exercise required to improve mental health states and identifies the important role the environment plays in health service provision.
Green exercise is activity in the presence of nature. Evidence shows it leads to positive short and long-term health outcomes.
This study showed large benefits from short engagements in green exercise. Every green environment improved both self-esteem and mood; the presence of water generated greater effects.
Both men and women had similar improvements in self-esteem after green exercise, though men showed a difference for mood.
Age groups: for self-esteem, the greatest change was in the youngest, with diminishing effects with age; for mood, the least change was in the young and old. The mentally ill had one of the greatest self-esteem improvements.
This study confirms that the environment provides an important health service.