Did you know that it only takes 30 minutes of exercise outdoors each week to help decrease the risk of depression and to help lower blood pressure?
Researchers from the University of Queensland have considered the health benefits of exercising around nature in over 1,500 participants from the ages of 18-70. With over half the world’s population (3.5 billion to be exact) living in urban and city areas, the US government has taken the lead, contributing $6 billion in the last year alone to creating green areas. This research looked at whether having green areas in the city would be beneficial, and the results say that we should be outside more often!
In the study, those who failed to spend at least 30 minutes or more in nature were 7 percent more likely to show signs of depression and 9 percent more likely to have high blood pressure. The researchers associated nature with improvements in mental, physical and social wellbeing and decreases in stress and mental fatigue.
Those who did more than 30 minutes had a decrease in depressive symptoms, lower blood pressure and were more physically active.
What are you waiting for? Time to go outside and enjoy some fresh air!
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