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Your Brain on Nature - The Mental Benefits of Getting Outside
Feeling blue? You're not alone - nearly 23% of Canadians report a 'high degree' of life stress! An increasing body of evidence suggests that one of the best ways to improve your mental well- being is by simply spending more time in nature. Many recent studies have proven that exposure to nature has the ability to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Some researchers at England's University of Essex have even suggested that a daily walk in the park could be as effective in treating mild to moderate cases of depression as taking an antidepressant.
Take a Hike - Before Your Doctor Tells you to!
Did you know that doctors have been prescribing hikes? Stepping into nature has been proven to provide health benefits such as: increased energy and immunity, increased weight loss and fitness, increased Vitamin D production, and reduced risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.
To learn more about how spending time outdoors can impact your physical and mental health and well-being, check out these great resources:
BLOG POST: Your brain on nature, David Suzuki Foundation (November 2011)
WEBSITE: Participation - Let's get moving