‘Green exercise’ good for mental health

14May10

Slightly old news, this, but still worth mentioning: five minutes of exercise in open spaces each day can help boost your mental health, according to recent research.

The findings come from Prof. Jules Pretty at the University of Essex, who says that even moderate exercise can help lift our mood and build self-esteem.

He suggests activities such as walking, gardening, cycling, fishing, boating, horse-riding and farming outdoors as effective mental health boosters for inactive or stressed people. And if you do the activity near water, the effect is even greater.

This is a snippet from the BBC News story, if you want to find out more:

‘Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said the research is yet further evidence that even a short period of green exercise can provide a low cost and drug-free therapy to help improve mental wellbeing.’

“It’s important that people experiencing depression can be given the option of a range of treatments, and we would like to see all doctors considering exercise as a treatment where appropriate.”

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