What’re you doing this weekend? How about spending sometime outside? A new large-scale study finds that just two hours a week spent in nature improves our health and well-being. There have been many studies and reviews about how spending time in greenspace reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress, high blood pressure, among other benefits. But researchers from the University of Exeter came up with a concrete number of how much time in nature is required to reap the benefits. A minimum two hours in natural settings, from city parks, the beach or a forest, each week. Old or young, rich or poor, man or woman, people who spend at least 120 minutes in nature are significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological well-being.
Two hours in nature improves our health and well-being