It is well-known that getting out in nature can be good for your health. There have been close to 1000 studies that have shown that time spent in nature (as long as people feel safe) is an antidote for stress.  It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety and improve mood.

So, what is the right dose of nature required in order to receive these benefits?

A study of 20,000 people led by a team from the European Centre for Environmental & Human Health has determined the answer.

Exactly 120 minutes.

The study showed that people that spent two hours a week in green spaces such as local parks or other natural environments, either all at once or spread out over several visits, were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t. The study showed the two-hour mark to be a hard boundary and there were no benefits for those who didn’t make the mark. 

So how will you hit your two hours mark this week?  One long hike or a few shorter walks?

- Coach Caron


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