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Walking for wellbeing: are group walks in certain types of natural environments better for wellbeing than group walks in urban environments?

Topics: Human Wellbeing | Comments

By Melissa Marselle, Katherine Irvine and Sara Warber

 

The benefits of walking in natural environments for wellbeing are increasingly understood.  However, less well known are the impacts different types of natural environments have on psychological and emotional wellbeing.

This cross-sectional study investigated whether group walks in specific types of natural environments were associated with greater psychological and emotional wellbeing compared to group walks in urban environments. Individuals who frequently attended a walking group once a week or more were surveyed on mental wellbeing, depression, perceived stress and emotional wellbeing.

Walking for wellbeing: are group walks in certain types of natural environments better for wellbeing than group walks in urban environments?

 


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