With Spring in full bloom, taking your exercise activities outdoors could not only boost physical health, but mental well being too, according to Mind, a nonprofit mental health organization based in the UK.
Mind recently conducted research on whether or not outdoor, “green” activities improved overall mental health. While the survey samples were small, the findings are strong. Out of 100 people polled, over 94% of commented that green exercise improves their mental health. Another test included setting up two contrasting walks with 20 participants in each group, one outdoors amongst nature and one indoors. 71% of people experienced a decrease in the levels of depression after an outdoor walk verses 45% indoors.
Mind’s website offers suggestions for making an outdoor date and creative ideas to help inspire more outdoor activity.
Morning – Find a park or outdoor space nearby offering sunrise Tai Chi.
Evening – The classic after dinner stroll is a perennial favorite. A nice way to wind down after the day, digest dinner, and enjoy the night air.
Anytime – Pull together your own action/adventure team, and as a united front take on various outdoor challenges and activities.