Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Get outside for good health, no prescription required

Here's a great article from Outside Magazine about research on the health benefits of nature therapy. I know some of this may sound a little mystical, but the Japanese are beginning to back up these ideas with empirical research. One thing I know for sure from personal experience is that walks in the woods are vital to my mental health.
These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the surprising theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress—and even prevent cancer.
"Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning," by Florence Williams, Outside Magazine, Dec. 2012 (click here to read the article)

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