Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Enjoy your run

More and more studies are showing that physical and mental health go hand in hand. A recent study also concludes that the surroundings of your workout make a difference both physically and mentally.

Participants were given a number of images to view while working out on a treadmill. Those who viewed pleasant urban and rural images had an increase in mood and self-esteem and a decrease in blood pressure versus those who viewed unpleasant urban or rural images.

The conclusion is that working out in pleasant surrounding has a positive effect for your mental health as well as your physical health so get outside and find a nice park or trail to do your exercise on.

Pretty J, Peacock J, Sellens M, Griffin M. (2005) The mental and physical health outcomes of green exercise. Int J Environ Health Res. Oct;15(5):319-37.

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