Science shows that spending time outdoors can actually make you healthier.

Escaping to the woods, mountains or even your local park positively supports both your body and your mind. And psychologists and health researchers are finding more and more science-backed reasons we should spend time outside.

Research conducted at the University of Essex showed that the colour green, such as that found on trees, grass and other plants in nature, makes exercise feel easier. The small study tested cyclists pedaling in front of green, grey and red images. Those exercising in front of the green showed less mood disturbances and reported that they felt lower exertion during their cycling.

Most of us are aware that a quick walk around the block does wonders for the mind. But what a new study reveals is that if you want to come back with your brain power enhanced, the scenery en route really matters.

Not only this… taking a stroll can also increase creativity. Research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that walking increases creative production. And while walking anywhere — whether through the woods or in town — is beneficial in that it prompts creativity.

Spending time in nature has been shown to lower stress levels so what are we waiting for? Who’s joining us on a scenic walk?

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