outdoors for a walk this weekend? The research is piling up showing that
spending time outside in natural surroundings is associated with lower levels
of stress hormones, less anxiety, less depression and even improved cognitive
hospital in the US has a question on their discharge questionnaire: Does the
child have access to outdoors and green spaces? If not, they are offered to
take part in a nature program. Clinical trials show that this program increases
the children’s health and decreases the parents’ stress levels.
two hours per week walking in nature gives a significant improvement in health
and subjective well-being. If you like numbers, a study shows that the effect
increases with more time outside, reaching the maximum at 5 hours outdoors per
week. That half an hour on workdays and Saturday, and one two-hour walk on
Sunday. For everyone without a significant mobility impairment, that is
you get your two hours outside every week. That gives you the energy to work on
anything else you need to change in your life.