There’s a new study in town.
We’ve all probably heard about the healing benefits that being outside provides. But in a recent large-scale study from the University of Exeter in England, researchers have established that just two hours a week spent out-of-doors – I repeat – two hours a week – will help all of us physically, mentally and emotionally.
And to make it even more simple, more doable- this time does not need to be one long stretch but can be taken in small increments adding up to 120 minutes out of our week.
In case you don’t actually know the benefits of spending time outside, it is pretty much a magic potion – enhancing our moods, our mental and physical health, reducing stress, and giving us all a lovely sense of well-being.
Parents often tell me how irritable their children are at the end of their school day. We know that often some of that is low blood sugar and they are hungry and need a good snack. But see what happens if you use a bit of these 120 minutes for some running and playing and just being out of doors after school, and see if the moods improve.
This really is a prescription for a healthy family. And I know there always seems to be one more thing that is expected of us. But I believe, this one is simple, doable and will bring so much to the health, behavior, and well-being of our families if we just give it a try.
So – are you with me?
Are you ready to take two?