Nature walk 'has added health benefits'

Posted on 27 April 2011

People paying for care may consider taking a walk in a natural setting, as according to one expert, doing so has extra health benefits.

Dr William Bird, Natural England's strategic health advisor, said that walking in a natural environment keeps the mind sharp and combats ageing.

According to the expert, taking a stroll in a green environment has additional health benefits than just walking.

"When the brain is constantly bombarded with traffic and noise, it is not able to recoup and restore itself, and suffers constant stress which contributes to ageing," elaborated Mr Bird.

This follows findings from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital which said that older women benefit from moderate aerobic exercise as it improves blood flow to the brain.

Taking 30 to 50 minutes three times per week improved blood flow to the brain by up to 15 per cent in women over the age of 60, according to the study.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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