Anyone who watches or plays a child in a forest does not need to study research to tell them that spending time in nature is good for the health of children.
“This is what most parents say directly,” said Caroline Schwiller, founder and executive director of Wildrock, a nature game and discovery center in Virginia. “When kids have the opportunity to play in nature, happier, better behaviors and Have more contact with each other.
Most adults know that nature is right for them – that’s why we often leave work after a stressful holiday in beautiful and natural places.
But how much time should we be healthy in nature?
A team led by researchers in the UK attempted to answer this question, in what they described as the first step in reaching a nature copy of the national practice guidelines.
How much time do you need in nature?
In a study published today, researchers have reported more than 19,000 people in the UK with their health and well-being about the time they spent the weekend in nature.
They found that people who spend at least 120 minutes a week in nature have increased their mental and physical health, compared with people who have never been in nature.
Researchers say health benefits are similar to those that people receive according to physical activity guidelines.
The benefits, however, were relatively small, making up only 1% of the difference between the different levels of nature’s time.
However, no matter how or where people started for 120 minutes – many short walks near the house were the same as long-term weekend walks in the park.
The researchers point out that this is only the first step to show that people can spend a certain amount of time each week in nature.
However, other research has shown that small events in nature can have health benefits.
In a study, people who worked in nature for five minutes increased their self-esteem and morale.
Schuyler sees this kind of rapid change in Wildrock, even among adults who have very busy jobs.
“After an hour in nature, they’re laughing, eating and collecting things like they’re five,” she said.