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  • Sayanti Bhattacharya MD

A walk in the park

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Physical activity is good for your physical and mental health. Vigorous physical activity can boost self-confidence, create a sense of well-being and improve sexual health. Mild to moderate depression and anxiety can improve with physical activity and exercise.

Spending time in nature improves mental health and well-being as well. Feeling connected to nature can help feel more satisfied with yourself, with life and improve self-esteem. This connection to nature is called ‘Nature Relatedness’. Even a view of plants and trees from your window can have a positive effect on mental health.

Physical activity and spending time in nature are independently good for your mental health. When physical activity happens in natural environments-the effects are impressive. Significant improvements in mood, in attention and in cognition have been noted. People who walk outside in the presence of nature have greater improvements in mood, cognition and more stress reduction than those who walk in more urban surroundings.

Next time you plan to take a walk, consider going to a nearby park or trail. Try eating lunch outside. Gardening is a wonderful way to spend time outdoors and get exercise. Brighten up your living spaces with some indoor plants.

Live well and stay healthy.

Dr. Sayanti Bhattacharya MD, MS

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