The weather will be beautiful for the next six days so now’s the time to get outdoors.
In October, every day brings a change to the landscape. Are the leaves changing color? Are there new migrating birds in your area? Have you seen monarch butterflies flying south? Yes!
Not only is it fun to observe nature but it’s good for you. Did you know that a nature walk relieves stress and boosts your mental health?
In 2010, UK researchers published an analysis of 10 studies on 1,250 people that showed that exercise in a green space greatly improves your mood and self esteem.
According to the BBC, “the research looked at many different outdoor activities including walking, gardening, cycling, fishing, boating, horse-riding and farming in locations such as a park, garden or nature trail.
The biggest effect was seen within just five minutes. … An [even] bigger effect was seen with exercise in an area that also contained water — such as a lake or river.”
So take time to get outdoors. Be happy.
It works for me.
(photo of a park in Plawniowice, Poland by Jan Mehlich from Wikimedia Commons. It resembles Schenley Park, doesn’t it?)