Taking a walk near one of these can improve your mental health drastically
Roughly 60% of the average adult body is made up of water. Perhaps that’s why, according to a new study, short walks along “blue spaces” (beaches, lakes, rivers, etc) may greatly improve one’s mental health, overall mood, and well being.
To be clear, just one stroll probably won’t get the job done. According to the research team from The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, short walks along the water should be indulged in frequently to fully reap the mental rewards.
There’s just something about the crashing of waves or flow of river water that naturally puts our minds at ease. There have been tons of studies released recently that found spending more time in “green spaces,” such as forests and parks, improves mental health and mood as well. But, this research just goes to show that you don’t have to necessarily go green to beat the blues.
In total, data on 59 adults were used for this project. For a full week, each participant was asked to take a 20-minute walk each day close to a blue space. Then, another full week was spent walking around urban areas each day. Finally, during the third week, each adult didn’t take any walks and instead was told to simply relax inside.
The study was conducted in Barcelona, Spain, so the blue space route assigned to participants was a trail along a gorgeous Barcelona beach, and the urban route was a trek through Barcelona’s city streets. Also, before and after each ...
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