For Better Health During the Pandemic, Is Two Hours Outdoors the New 10,000 Steps? (WSJ)

Adventure Run

recently published an article pointing out the benefits of nature walks, quoting my favorite topic, Sinrin-Yoko (swimming in the woods) and some new data from Stanford University and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Some interesting insights:

  • Spending time in the woods is strongly linked to lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones and decreased anxiety, depression and fatigue. It also increases the presence of cancer-fighting cells.
  • Time in a forest is linked to decreased inflammation, which has been implicated in chronic disease.
  • Spending 120+ minutes/week in nature increases a sense of good health and well-being, with peak feelings kicking in at 200-300 minutes per week.
  • You don’t have to get deep in the backcountry – A 45-minute walk in nature can make a world of difference to mood, creativity, the ability to use your working memory.

All good stuff!

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