A study conducted by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, and recently published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal, shows that exercising in a natural outdoor environment is linked to greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement. The same study also found that outdoor exercising decreases tension, confusion, anger and depression.
The research was conducted on 833 adults, with most of them (523) being young students (from the university I presume).
Participants in the study also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activities, and declared a greater intent to repeat the activity at a later date.
Actually, this all seems to be just common sense. A walk in the woods is probably just about the best way to remove the everyday stresses of life. Moreover, at least for me, the effects from spending time in the wilderness tends to last several days afterwards.
To read the journal article, called; Does Participating in Physical Activity in Outdoor Natural Environments Have a Greater Effect on Physical and Mental Wellbeing than Physical Activity Indoors? A Systematic Review, please click here.