Just 5 Minutes in Green Spaces Can Improve Mood

May 3rd, 2010

Green exercise can elevate your mood and improve your sense of well-being.

Researchers define green exercise as any physical activity in nature. That means gardening in your backyard is green exercise. Walking around in a park is green exercise, and so is cycling. You get the idea. And it’s yet another reason to hang on to our public green spaces and to create our own enjoyable green spaces in backyards.

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It’s really not news that being in a green environment is good for mental health, but a new study has shown for the first time that it only takes five minutes of activity in a green space to benefit mental health! No one should be so busy that they can’t spend at least five minutes in nature.

Read more about this new study at BBC: ‘Green’ exercise quickly ‘boosts mental health.’

One Response to “Just 5 Minutes in Green Spaces Can Improve Mood”

  1. Diana on May 5, 2010 10:06 pm

    We drove a couple of days for family events, and after the event and food, I turned to my sister and asked if we could go for a walk. I told her that after sitting in the car for so long, we needed to get up and about a little. So we left the guys (except my husband) and sat off a dock with our feet in the water, enjoying the lovely day.

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