A new study by British researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that those who spend at least 20 minutes a day outdoors feel happier than those who are used to being in four walls. It doesn’t matter if you’re just sitting in the park reading your favorite book or running – your risk of depression decreases by 7% and your blood pressure drops by 9%.
In general, we found that visitors to the park reported an improvement in emotional state after the walk, “said study leader Hong Yuen Gaffpost.
His colleague Andrea Mechelli of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurobiology at King’s College London also confirms this information. Another study on this subject, conducted at the above-mentioned institute, showed that the influence of trees, sky and birds improves the health and well-being of the inhabitants of megacities.
“These results show that even the short-term effects of nature are positive for our mental state. This closeness to nature is especially useful for people who are exposed to various stresses every day, ”says Andrea.
So now we have strong arguments to go for a 20-minute walk during a break at work.