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Winter walk in the park

Does the cold weather prevent you from going for a walk in the park, a stroll in the wood or a hike up a hill? Are the weather conditions a reasonable excuse for not going outside?

According to a recent study from the University of Michigan walking in the park at any time of the year has benefits for both attention and memory; after spending an hour in nature both increased by 20%.  The study did find that people enjoyed the walks more in spring and summer than at other times of the year.

The results show that this effect does not occur for those who took a walk in an urban area.  The researchers found that even when participants viewed images, of natural environments and urban environments, those viewing the natural ones did better on the attention and memory tests.

According to the authors being outside in the natural environment fulfills basic needs and produces similar effects to meditating. To read the press release click here.  To access the article click here


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