A stroll along the beach is more relaxing than walking in a park, according to a new study conducted by researchers from European Centre for Environment and Human Health in Cornwall.
More than 2,750 people between ages 8 and 80 years took part in the two-year study. The researchers found that outdoor locations were linked to positive feelings of enjoyment, calmness and refreshment.
However there were differences in the intensity of the positive feelings depending on the location with seaside being the most beneficial while urban parks being the least beneficial. "There is a lot of work on the beneficial effects of visiting natural environments, but our findings suggest it is time to move beyond a simple "urban versus rural" debate and start looking at the effect that different natural environments have on people's health and wellbeing", European Centre for Environment and Human Health 's Mathew White said.