If you live in a cosmopolitan city, it can be hard to get yourself out of the daily hustle and bustle and replace the polluted streets with the fresh air of nature as often as you may like. And while it doesn’t take a brain scientist to work out that this has huge health benefits, new research has revealed just how much time we should be spending in nature each week.
According to a report by The Guardian, research suggests that we should all be spending a minimum of two hours per week enjoying a dose of nature in order to boost our health and wellbeing. This includes simply sitting still and taking in the views at your local park, the woods or even a beach.
The findings are the first to put a number on the amount of time needed in nature for the best health benefits and if confirmed by future research, two hours in nature could join five a day of fruit and veg and 150 minutes of exercise a week as official health advice.
To conclude the results, researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School spoke to 20,000 people in England about their activity and happiness levels over the period of a week. They found that a quarter of those who spent little or no time in nature stated that they had poor health, while almost half said they were not satisfied with their life.
On the other hand, those who did spend time outdoors in nature were more likely to report good health and quality of life, both of which are major indicators of our overall wellbeing. And the best bit? You don’t even have to be active while doing so. Instead, simply being outdoors in nature alone is enough to benefit your health – and you won’t have to do two hours in one go either. The study found 120 minutes could be taken throughout the week, so you can divide up the time as you wish as long as it is within the seven days of a week.
Sounds pretty easy if you ask us!