There is so much research coming out of why it’s beneficial to spend time outside that we wanted to share it with you. Here are some of the best tidbits from the past month.
Prescribing the Power of Parks
A new program in Whatcom County is helping doctors prescribe outdoor exercise to their patients
Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor’s Orders.
“Forest bathing,” or immersing yourself in nature, is being embraced by doctors and others as a way to combat stress and improve health.
Spending Time in Nature Makes People Feel More Alive, Study Shows
Feeling sluggish? The solution may require getting outside the box – that big brick-and-mortar box called a building.
Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning
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
What Is Green Exercise?
Simply being outdoors can lower our levels of stress, our pulse rate, and even our blood pressure. But what happens when we exercise in a green space?
ANXIETY + DEPRESSION IN THE OUTDOORS
More and more evidence suggests that spending time in the outdoors and in nature can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in individuals.
This Is Your Brain on Exercise
Exercise is as good for your brain as it is for your body, and researchers are just beginning to discover why.
Exercise Is Medicine. Here’s How I Get Patients Started
John was a 78-year-old patient I had been seeing for the past year. Three years ago he was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer with local invasion into his aorta, and surgical tumor debulking was deemed too dangerous, given several other comorbidities. He underwent chemotherapy for a few months with little benefit and was miserable from the side effects. As a result, he decided to transition to home palliative and hospice care…
April is co-founder and co-Executive Director for Recreation Northwest. She has a passion for place and loves exploring, experiencing and sharing the beauty of the pacific northwest.