At the University of Essex in the UK, Dr Jo Barton has been carrying out research for the Green Exercise program, analysing the health benefits of participating in physical activities whilst being exposed to nature and greenspace.
Their research shows that there are three broad health outcomes:
- Improvement of psychological well-being (by enhancing mood and self-esteem, whilst reducing feelings of anger, confusion, depression and tension);
- Generation of physical health benefits (by reducing blood pressure and burning calories);
- Facilitation of social networking and connectivity (by enhancing social capital).
They are now looking at the effect green exercise has on children during a school day.....