“Green Exercise” For Mental Health
- Play outside with your children, or with the pets.
- If you exercise indoors, bring the outside in, with plenty of plant life or an indoor garden, or position yourself in front of a window with a pleasant view.
Another study done by Jo Barton and Jules Pretty was conducted to see how much green exercise is needed to improve mental health states. They found that the greater the time spent doing green exercise, the greater the improvements in both self-esteem and mood. Those impacts were increased when there was a presence of water. However, they found that even brief times engaging in green exercise showed improvements in mental health.
In conclusion, if you are working on maintaining or improving your health by including physical activity, consider going outside as part of your routine so you can boost both your physical and mental health.