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Green exercise should be considered as one of the first steps in a range of health interventions.

What we seem to know instinctively – that being exposed to nature is somehow good for us – is increasing being backed up by scientific evidence. “There is growing evidence to show that exposure to nature brings substantial mental health benefits,” conclude researchers from the Green Exercise Research Team at the University of Essex in a report ‘Green Exercise and Green Care’. Among the benefits are an improvement of psychological well-being, physical health benefits such as lower blood pressure and calorie-burning, and better social networks. “Our findings suggest that priority should be given to developing the use of green exercise as a therapeutic intervention,” the scientists conclude.

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