Guess What? Spending time outside is good for you!

Matt Leahy | October 28, 2023
A line of hikers make their way down a gravel road towards the camera.

A group of hikers heads to Hay Reservation.

A study of 20,000 people out of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter in England, found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces, like parks and woodlands, were more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who do not.

The study (read here) found that those positive health outcomes became significantly greater with exposure to the outdoors of two hours. It adds to an increasing recognition and growing body of information that nature is a key element in improving people’s physical and mental health. Therefore, protecting important green spaces and ensuring people have to access to them are not frivolous or minor goals. 

Now, listen to your mother and go outside and play!