Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge recently published a new research study that has highlighted the strong link between people who spend more of their time enjoying the outdoors and enhanced mental and physical health, encompassing a general sense of well-being.

A man walking in the hills, enjoying the outdoors

Lead professor of social psychology, Viren Swami, who was involved in the new research, carried out the study with 200 men and 199 women. All participants were aged between 19 and 76, which allowed for a wide set of data, with findings citing the fact that of those surveyed, the ones who chose to spend more time outdoors benefitted from a heightened degree of happiness in their lives.

In terms of the participants’ mental health, the increase in the area was attributed to a feeling of importance granted by feeling more at one with nature, predominantly.

Particularly beneficial activities included outdoor walks and other activities that can be enjoyed at a slow pace, as this gives people the opportunity to really appreciate the natural surroundings. This pairs with previous research showing that moderate, low-impact exercise can help to improve your mental, and physical well-being.

“Spending time in a natural environment may help us develop a sense of ownership over our physical selves, gives us a greater respect for our bodies, and a better understanding of what our bodies can do rather than what our bodies look like,” explained Viren Swami.

The study points to participating in 60-minutes of outdoor time per week having the ability to help lead to a greater sense of happiness, overall well-being and self-esteem. So why not give your body a boost, book one of our UK yurt holidays and look forward to getting outdoors today?

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