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Walking in the woods can keep heart disease at bay

  • PTI, London
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  • Updated: Jul 30, 2013 02:24 IST

Nature’s own stress buster! A simple walk in the woods can boost heart health by lowering stress and blood pressure levels.

Nature has beneficial effects that help us cope with stress at work, according to new research conducted by Dr Valerie Gladwell at the University of Essex.

The study highlights the power of the ‘great outdoors’ to improve both physio-logical and psychological wellbeing.

“The value of nature has long been considered to be advantageous to human health. Early examples of this come in the form of urban parks established by wealthy philanthropists during the 19th century, and in the gardens incorporated into hospital designs,” Gladwell said.

“Our research supports this, demonstrating an association between improved health outcomes and engagement with surrounding ‘green space’,” she said.

 

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