Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Green Exercise Boost Mental Health

Researchers have reported the fast improvements in mood and self-esteem for just five minutes of exercise in a green space. The study in Environmental Science and Technology journal suggested the strongest impact on young people. The outdoor activities like walking, gardening, cycling, fishing, boating, horse-riding and farming in a green environment with water contained – such as a lake or river boosts well – being.

Study leader Jules Pretty, a researcher at the University of Essex, said those who were generally inactive, or stressed, or with mental illness would probably benefit the most from "green exercise".


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