Stressed? Group nature walks might help

Posted on September 27, 2014

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"We hear people say they feel better after a walk or going outside but there haven't been many studies of this large size to support the conclusion that these behaviors actually improve your mental health and well-being," says senior author Sara Warber, M.D., associate professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in the US and member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

In the study, researchers from the University of Michigan evaluated 1,991 participants in Great Britain’s Walking for Health, a program that encourages and organizes community walks.

Statistical analysis showed that those who had recently experienced a stressful event such as serious illness, marital separation, unemployment or the death of a loved one experienced mood upswings that lasted after their walks.

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