What’s one of the best things you can do for your kids every day?
Get them outdoors. Every single day.
A study (University of Essex, in England) found that even five minutes of “green exercise” outside in nature was as effective in treating mild-to-moderate depression in people of all ages as taking anti-depression medication, with young people and the mentally ill benefiting most.
But “ecotherapy” isn’t just for kids or the mentally ill. A 1984 study (physician Roger Ulrich) found that hospital patients recovered faster from gallbladder surgery when they had a view of nature out the window. And a Japanese study published in 2006 determined that “forest therapy,” or walking through treed landscapes, has a calming effect on people — lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol by 16 percent, as well as heart rate and blood pressure.
So… come on, mom and dad…. let’s get outside… and let’s move!