British and American scientists have published new research showing that walking in nature helps us manage stress while increasing our mental well-being.
Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England studied 1991 participants in England's "Walking for Health" program, which organizes nearly 3,000 walks per week for more than 70,000 participants.
They have found that hikers suffer significantly less depression and that hiking mitigates the negative effects of stressful life events and perceived stress in everyday life.
"Stress is not something that will go away, so it is important to have a way to deal with it," say the researchers.
Read a larger extract of the study here: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/eco.2014.0027