Yes, you’ve heard it all before – going outside improves your mood.
But next time someone suggests going for a walk through the meadow or enjoying a ramble in the woodland, do it.
Green spaces don’t just make our home environments look prettier, they contribute to our health and wellbeing without us even knowing.
The experience we have being among nature is linked to pathways associated with our nervous systems, which in turn assists with stress reduction and mood improvements.
You might enjoy the warmth and dryness of your local gym, but exercising in a green space has been shown to lead to even greater feelings of achievement and satisfaction – without you putting in any extra effort.
Exercising outdoors with other people also subconsciously lowers stress levels, which can actually be heightened by working out in busy indoor environments.
Exercise in general has been shown to have a positive effect on reducing mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, as well as releasing endorphins that make us feel better about ourselves.
So stick on your trainers and go for a quick jog or a brisk run outside!
Just by paying a short visit to your local green spaces, you can improve your wellbeing and help promote a sustainable lifestyle. The more green spaces there are in residential areas, the better the population health indexes and the lower the income-related health inequalities.
And don’t be put off by the changeable UK weather – even being outside in the rain gives our wellbeing a boost!
You can find out more about how Greenbelt helps boost health and wellbeing through maintaining green spaces all over the UK by visiting The Green Room.