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HAD A BAD DAY? Take a 5 minute dose of nature!

May 26, 2010

Take 5 minutes but  GO OUTSIDE and walk around! Preferably in a park, a garden, at a flower show, in the bush, and best of all….. add a tranquil body of water as well!

A review of 10 research studies involving 1252 people found that even small doses of outdoor exercise can benefit you.

As little as five minutes at a time can measurably improve both your mood and self-esteem. The studies showed that all types of green exercise led to improvements in mental health indicators. From gardening by visitors to university farms, to walking and sailing activities for young offender groups, as well as walking by members of urban flower shows.

So it doesn’t take any time at all to make you feel better! And a full day of activity causes another spike in the level of benefit.

Here is beautiful Tasmania, Australia. If you look closely at the bottom left you can just pick out a walker carrying a blue knapsack. That’s my son, (a G.P.) who regenerates his life spirit by walking with his friends in empty and rugged places  across Australia two or three times a year.

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