Need a pick-me-up? Getting active in the great outdoors is doubly good for your mental health. “Nature protects us from stress and helps us think more clearly” says Jo Barton Ph.D. a senior researcher at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. Her recent study found that 88% of people were in a better mood after walking on a nature trail, while 45% who walked in a mall felt worse. Too busy for a hike? Even five minutes of what researchers call green exercise will do you good.
Fitness Magazine October 2011