A walk amongst the trees can…

  1. Improves physical health

Research has shown how woods can increase our physical health, mental wellbeing and quality of life. In fact trials of ‘green prescriptions’ are underway around the UK, with GPs encouraging patients to take exercise in nature.

  1. 2. Stimulates the brain

Any walk is good for brain health, as the impact of each footstep increases blood flow to the brain. This can help improve your memory, cognitive function and protection against decline.

  1. Boosts wellbeing

Walking gets the blood flowing and the heart pumping. If you can make it a brisk walk, you’ll boost endorphins, the feel-good hormones that improve your mood and lower stress, anxiety and depression.

  1. Helps us sleep better

The effects of exercising in nature last beyond our time outdoors. Your body will have spent extra energy adjusting to the outside temperature which will help you to feel more tired and get better rest at night.

  1. Makes us more creative

Research shows that walking in green space can put us into a meditative state. It makes us calm and reflective and helps us pay more attention to our surroundings. In this state, our creativity can flourish, perfect for problem solving or finding a fresh perspective.


Information sourced from The Woodland Trust