Cambridge’s Anglia Ruskin University released evidence from a new study that has shown the strong correlation between those who choose to spend more time experiencing the outdoors and increased levels of both physical and mental health, leading to a heightened state of all-round well-being.
Viren Swami, who was the lead professor of social psychology in charge of the study, took 200 men and 199 women and, along with a team of experts, conducted an in-depth study, covering all bases, with the study group containing people aged between 19 and 76.
The results were quite conclusive, highlighting that those who choose to spend more time outdoors benefitted from more general happiness in their lives.
Mental health benefits were attributed to a feeling of importance which was mainly caused by feeling more at one with nature.
Those in the study who were ‘more outdoorsy’ often partook in activities such as walks, kayaking and canoeing, along with other activities that can be enjoyed at a slow pace. These types of activities can be enjoyed at a slow pace and therefore participants get to fully appreciate the natural surroundings that encompass their activities.
“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.
60-minutes of outdoor time per week was said by those conducting the study to be the ideal amount of time to assist in improving the sense of happiness, overall well-being and self-esteem. Why not, book a Lincolnshire themed holiday and look forward to all of these benefits in a beautiful location!