For a healthy mind and body, let nature work its magic.
Spending at least two hours a week outdoors in a natural setting is linked with good health and well-being, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. It didn't matter how those 120 minutes were achieved — whether over regular short walks in a local park or one long hike on the weekend — just as long as people met that weekly threshold.
The findings are based on data from almost 20,000 people in England. Those who reported spending at least two hours a week in nature had consistently higher levels of both physical and mental health than people who didn't seek out the great outdoors.
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