Green Exercise and Health Benefits
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New research from the United Kingdom has found that children who are exposed to scenes of nature while exercising are more likely to experience health-enhancing effects after their activity.
For the study, researchers asked children, aged nine to 10, to complete a series of 15-minute moderate intensity cycling activities.1
One was completed while viewing a video of a forest track that was synced to the exercise bike, and the second had no visual stimulus.1
The researchers found that after the “green exercise,” the children had lower post-activity blood pressure, indicating that nature scenes promoted positive health effects.1
In fact, the data showed that the children’s mean systolic blood pressure was 97.2 mmHg 15 minutes before they exercised, compared to 102.7 mmHg after normal activity, which is over five percent lower.1
Lower blood pressure is normally associated with a lower risk of developing future health problems, while high blood pressure, on the other hand, is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease.1