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'Green exercise' and mental health

“Five minutes exercising in the countryside boosts mental health,” reported The Daily Telegraph. It said a study has found that “exercising in wilderness areas or near water tended to have the biggest impact on mental state” and that “the greatest health changes were seen in the young and the mentally-ill”

This news report is based on research that pooled the results of 10 studies from the University of Essex on the effect of outdoor exercise in green environments on self-esteem and mood. It has a number of limitations, including the fact that all the studies came from the same institution, and more robust results may have been achieved by systematically searching for and pooling all research addressing the same question. More …