Depression and high blood pressure are the most common diseases of modern life. However, so little is needed to prevent them.
Although all of us, as children, are still under great stress until our retirement, that does not mean we should allow such a situation to take over and neglect our health.
Just half an hour a week – staying in nature, and this also applies to city parks – is enough to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and depression, an Australian study showed.
“When everyone would have visited the park in their urban area, at least half an hour a week, they would have 7% fewer cases of depression and 9% less high blood pressure,” said environmentalist Daniela Shenahan of the University of Queensland.
If you can’t decide whether you should walk on a treadmill, on the street or in a park, choose the greener option.
A recent study found people who frequented urban parks for an average of 20 minutes reported significant increases in life satisfaction after their visit.
A growing body of research shows green spaces have positive effects on cardiovascular health: A Finnish study showed visiting urban forests or parks is better for heart health than visits to built-up urban city centers. Women who visited natural environments had lower blood-pressure levels and heart rates. A Japanese study found people who sat in forests had lower blood-pressure, heart rates and levels of the stress hormone cortisol, compared to people in urban environments.
Your local park is infinitely more exciting to the senses than a treadmill.
There has been growing evidence that when people engage in physical fitness activities outdoors, rather than indoors, they spend more time doing physical activity, which makes a strong case for encouraging outdoor movement.