Getting Outside Is Good for Your Mental and Physical Health, According to New Study

Those who spent two hours a week outside reported improved mental and physical health.

In case you needed even more of a reason to get into the Great Outdoors, a study published in Scientific Reports says that spending two hours in nature every week could provide a boost to your health. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this; in July 2018, Science Daily shared another report boasting the same idea. If you read no further, at least take away the moral of this story: Spending time in nature is always a good idea.

This new study took two groups — one that did not spend any time in nature and another that took advantage of residential green spaces (parks, beaches, and the woods) — and monitored them for seven days. Each participant reported back on the state of their mental and physical wellness at the end of the study. According to CNN, the researchers included feedback from more than 20,000 people in the UK. Of those who spent time outside, one in three polled reported that they felt dissatisfied and one in seven shared that they had poor health. Of the group who did not spend time outdoors, nearly half reported “low levels of life satisfaction,” and 25 percent reported they experienced poor health.

The demographics of the two groups spanned all walks of life. Mathew White, leader of the study at University of Exeter Medical School, shared some insight with CNN on the people studied: “We were worried our effect was just that healthier people visited nature but this finding suggested even people with known illnesses who did manage to get two hours a week in nature fared better.”

This isn’t knowledge that’s supposed to surprise you: It makes sense. Pull yourself out of your everyday environment and stresses and experience something bigger than yourself. In a world where forest bathing is a popular and respected activity, it’s never been easier to get out into nature.

4 thoughts on “Getting Outside Is Good for Your Mental and Physical Health, According to New Study

  1. boundlessblessingsblog – Follow me on Instagram (@boundlessblessings) for latest updates, and I will follow you back. I am a humane being and just love to post motivational messages that bring boundless blessings to one and all in a universe which is so friendly and beautiful
    boundlessblessingsblog says:

    True I completely agree with your inspiring words and such an awesome picture of beauty.

  2. Reblogged this on Mary J. McCoy-Dressel Books and commented:
    I couldn’t agree more with the post on Mihran’s blog today. I’m not looking forward to blowing snow and ice on the walks. If you’re in a cold climate, let’s enjoy the outdoors while we can! Thanks, Mihran.

  3. C.E.Robinson – San Diego, CA – Christine Elizabeth Robinson, a former nurse practitioner ventures into the world of fiction to write books. Published in May 2022, THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE, a historical fiction, comes from her love of researching family history. A background as a published poet, experience in writing fiction, non-fiction and screenplays, is an advantage in her writing career. Christine lives in Southern California. A sequel to the debut book, BEYOND THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE, in progress, will be available in 2023. The plot explodes and the characters evolve, moving forward. Even their victories create conflict and consequences.
    C.E.Robinson says:

    Mihran, what an important message in your post. I love the image of “forest bathing.” I always feel better after walking on nature paths, hearing birds and taking in all the surrounding green! Have a Happy Week! 📚 Christine

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