Enjoy The Outdoors…Doctor’s Orders

Now that summer is here, enjoy your time with nature!  Researchers have now quantified the ideal amount of time needed to reap the health benefits of the great outdoors.  It is a medical fact: Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for you.

A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk of asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while boosting mental health and increasing life expectancy.

According to a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the answer is 120 minutes each week.  Spending just 60-90 minutes did not have as significant an effect.  And five hours a week in nature offered no additional health benefits.

So put on your sunscreen and enjoy the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.  Take a walk in the woods.  Doctor’s orders.



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