Go Green for Greater Results

Long hours in front of the computer or cooped up indoors trying can definitely leave you feeling down. Some people think that physical exercises are overrated and there’s a greater need to boost the brain than the brawn, but the two might not have to be treated separately anymore. According to studies, just five minutes of physical outdoor exercises can actually make you mentally healthier.

A lot of greens produce optimum results.

And we’re not talking about greens on your plate. Apparently, people who spend the time to walk along parks are least likely to suffer from mental illnesses. Gardening, farming and cycling were also among the recommended outdoor activities. According to Jo Barton and Jules Pretty of the University of Essex, society would benefit a lot if only people can “self medicate” with these “green exercises”.

This study was published in a journal called the Environmental Science and Technology. Barton and Pretty worked on a data collected from 1,252 people. The participants belonged to different age groups, genders, and mental health statuses. The data was actually taken from 10 studies which already existed in the UK.

According to their findings, all outdoor environments improved the mental health of the participants, including natural parks situated in cities and towns. The environment that produced the most positive results, though, is that with a lot of greenery and bodies of water.

Previously, these studies have already proven that regular outdoor exercises improve the physical and mental health of human beings. The colour green has also been known to reduce stress levels in people.

Get outdoors and reap the rewards...