Spending at least two hours in nature (such as parks, woodlands and beaches) per week, has been associated with significantly more likelihood of reporting good health or high well-being. And just 20 minutes spent in urban parks, regardless of physical activity, has been linked to improvements in life satisfaction.
2 Strengthens our immune system
Spending six hours walking in a forest over two days has shown to result in a significantly increased number and activity of virus-fighting cells in the body as well as increased anti-cancer proteins and decreased stress hormone levels.
3 Lowers depression, anxiety and stress
Weekly group nature walks have been linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.4 Compared to urban experiences, nature ones have been shown to lead to greater decreases in anxiety, rumination and nagative affect.
4 Decreases high blood pressure
Viewing forest landscapes has shown to lead to lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure
5 Improves memory
Taking a walk in a tree-filled natural setting versus along a busy city street has been shown to improve performance on memory tests by 20 percent.