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How long should we stay in nature at least a week?
A stay in nature should have a positive impact on our health. Researchers have now examined the truth of this statement and finally found that we have to spend at least two hours a week in nature to increase our well-being and health.
The current study by the University of Exeter and Uppsala University found that spending at least two hours a week outdoors would have a positive impact on our psyche and health. The results of the study were published in the scientific reports published in English.
Less than two hours in nature resulted in no comparable advantages
The study found that people who spend at least 120 minutes a week in nature are significantly more likely to report good health and mental wellbeing than people who don't spend any time in nature during an average week. No such benefits were found when people spent less than two hours a week in nature, for example in city parks, forests and landscape parks. Taking a walk through the woods, listening to the chirping of birds and looking at nature, for example, reduces our stress and blood pressure.
Data from almost 20,000 people were evaluated
For the current study, data from 19,806 people in England were analyzed. It was found that it makes no difference whether the 120 minutes in nature per week are achieved with a single visit or whether several stays are required. The 120-minute threshold applied to both men and women, older and younger adults, different professional and ethnic groups, both wealthy and poorer people, and even people with long-term illnesses or disabilities.
Use public green spaces
It is well known that a stay in nature is good for people's health and wellbeing, but it has not been clear until now how long we have to stay for positive effects in nature, the authors of the study report. Most of the nature stays in this study took place within three kilometers of your home, so it seems like a good idea to go to local green space. Two hours a week is a realistic and achievable goal for many people, especially since the two hours in nature can be spread over several stays a week. According to the researchers, there is increasing evidence that living in a green, natural environment has a positive effect on our health.
Where did the evaluated data come from?
The data from the current study came from the Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment Survey, the world's largest study, which collects data on people’s weekly stays in nature. (as)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
- Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing