Get Moving In The Great Outdoors According To Latest Study In Finland
Senior woman playing hopscotch in a park, as husband looks on. Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR

Visiting nature and the great outdoors may reduce the need for medication to treat mental health issues, high blood pressure, and asthma.

Of course, that sentence above would never be approved by the Food & Drug Administration.

But it is part of a new study published  in the latest edition of  the Journal Of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Researchers interviewed six-thousand people in Finland, which consistently ranks high on the list of countries  where people are the happiest,

and found those who visited nature three to four times a week had significantly lower odds of using medications for anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, or insomnia.

In an email to CNN Health, co-author Anu Turunen said doing some sort of physical activity while you are in nature (like being in a park, or in the mountains),  appears to be the key factor in getting health benefits from green spaces.

 

 

Senior woman playing hopscotch in a park, as husband looks on.

Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR