Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A New Way to Enjoy Green!

After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value. --George Macauley Trevelyan

Fact of the Day:
Ever feel happier when you enter a park or nature setting? Just five minutes of exercise in a 'green space' such as a park can boost mental health, researchers say. In the latest analysis, UK researchers looked at evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found fast improvements in mood and self-esteem. Study leader Jules Pretty of Essex University suggests, "Employers, for example, could encourage staff in stressful workplaces to take a short walk at lunchtime in the nearest park to improve mental health." Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, also points out that green exercise could can provide low-cost and drug-free therapy to improve mental well-being. "We would like to see all doctors considering exercise as a treatment where appropriate." [ more ]

Today's Tip:
Go for a walk during your lunch break.

2 comments:

  1. I Love the Idea!
    When I used to work full-time, I would take a 10 minute walk after lunch, and then I would return to work feeling energetic and ready to go!

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