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The Brain on Green

New studies indicate that combining exercise activities (like walking or biking) with nature—even for just five minutes—can boost mental health and well-being.
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New studies indicate that combining exercise activities (like walking or biking) with nature boosts mental health and well-being. Researchers found that mood and self-esteem were greatly improved by doing activities in locations such as a park, garden, or nature trail, and the biggest effect was seen within five minutes. “With longer periods of time exercising in a green environment, the positive effects were clearly apparent but were of a smaller magnitude, the study found.”


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