If you’re feeling stressed after being quarantined, why not try being active in nature a few times per week? New findings from a Cornell University study show that as little as 10 minutes outside in a natural setting can improve mood, focus, blood pressure and heart rate for people between the ages of 15 and 30. Researchers reviewed 14 studies to determine a minimum amount of time in nature that would positively affect mental health and well-being for college-aged students.
The study was published in Frontiers in Psychology (2020; doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02942).
While this study focused on young people, other research suggests results are similar for people of all ages. In general, the health benefits of “green exercise” are superior to those of indoor physical activity.
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