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Access to Nature Associated With Less Stress and Lower Weight

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Mar 04, 2009

Mind-Body-Spirit News

With the return of spring and the increasing emphasis on green initiatives, now is a great time to remind clients to connect with nature. A growing body of research supports the benefits of “green exercise” and the importance of spending time outdoors. A recent Danish survey found that access to and use of green areas were associated with lower stress and a reduced likelihood of obesity.

The survey did not identify the causal factors for the relationship, but authors speculated that the presence of more green areas in neighborhoods perhaps encouraged outdoor activities and healthy modes of travel, such as walking or biking.

Results of the survey appeared in Health Place (2007; 13 [4], 839–40).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at