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Exercise Outdoors to Boost Your Mental and Physical Health

by Thilaka Ravi on February 5, 2011 at 8:40 PM
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 Exercise Outdoors to Boost Your Mental and Physical Health

The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry has suggested following an analysis that there are benefits to mental and physical well-being from taking exercise in the natural environment.

The research team analysed data from a number of sources including 11 randomised and non-randomised control trials incorporating information from 833 adults.

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Eligible trials were those that compared the effects of outdoor exercise initiatives with those conducted indoors and which reported at least one physical or mental well-being outcome in adults or children.

The study found that most trials showed an improvement in mental well-being: compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression.
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Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date.

However, none of the identified studies measured the effects of physical activity on physical well-being, or the effect of natural environments on sticking to exercise.

The findings have been published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Source: ANI
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