Improved Mental Health Linked to Nature Group Walks

Improved Mental Health Linked to Nature Group Walks

 

Walking through nature in a group sounds like a lovely way to spend an afternoon, but can it lower depression? According to a new study from the University of Michigan, the answer is yes, suggesting potential health benefits of national outdoor group walk programs.

Although it is well known that outdoor walking groups encourage interaction with nature, social engagement and physical activity, until now, little has been known about how effective they are at promoting mental, emotional and social well-being.

A recent study published in April suggested that walking boosts creative thinking, while another from July suggested brisk walking is therapeutic for people with Parkinson's disease.

Though the health benefits of going for a good walk are wide ranging, researchers from this latest study focused on the mental benefits of the activity. Their results are published in the journal Ecopsychology. Learn More