Just one activity session in greenspace has been shown to reduce stress, depression and anger, and increase energy and self-esteem.
Exercising outdoors is typically perceived as taking less effort than indoor gym-based equivalents such as treadmill walking.
Walking in nature is thought to restore physiological balance, and associated with sustained cognitive function improvements.
People who engage in outdoor exercise activities report a higher likelihood of continuing activity over the long-term, compared with indoor exercise.
Greenspace exercise promotes community belonging, which is a key value of Breathe Outside.
There are greenspaces available everywhere... you just need to look and be creative! Breathe Outside can help you access areas that are safe and local.
Improving access to greenspace. A new review for 2020. Public Health England https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/904439/Improving_access_to_greenspace_2020_review.pdf
Mental Health and Nature Policy Briefing for England. 2021. Mental Health Foundation. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/nature/nature-policy-ask-mhaw