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How walking in nature enhances your brain and the body

How walking in nature enhances your brain and the body

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Walking in nature enhances your long-term health and well-being. It provides a wide a range of mental and physical health benefits. But doing it in natural settings can provide a boost to the health of your brain.

As more people move into urban settings, the factors that contribute to health problems must be addressed early on. This infographic, created by Physiomed, highlights how walking in nature is a simple strategy that can go a long way in supporting your daily performance mental well-being.

Nature vs City Walking

There are differences between the health effects that nature walkers experience when compared to city walkers.

Walking in nature has been shown to decrease the amount of blood that flows to the areas of the brain linked to mental illness while city walkers typically experience an increase in this marker. 
The frequency of negative thoughts and rumination are lower in people who take regular walks in nature. Also, their memory and other cognitive functions can improve.

With as little as 20 minutes of walking in nature, you can reduce the amount of cortisol in the body. This stress hormone affects the immune and digestive system if it isn’t regulated properly.
Nature walkers can experience a reduction in blood pressure and their heart rates. This can also minimize the amount of stress that the body is under at any given time.

Disease Prevention Through Nature Walking

Walking in nature helps to prevent common diseases. Anti-cancer proteins increase along with disease-fighting cells.

The immune system becomes stronger, and you are less likely to suffer from illness. This is partly the result of phytoncides that are released by trees and plants. When these substances are inhaled, the immune system is enhanced.

Research also shows that walking in nature can be effective in treating symptoms related to mild depression, working as a natural antidepressant.
Individuals who live in close proximity to natural settings are less likely to experience depression and anxiety.


Use this infographic to learn more about how walking in nature can improve the health of the brain and the body. You can achieve total health through this simple strategy while preventing the onset of common diseases.

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About the Author

Rebecca Hill works as a blogger and outreach coordinator.

She’s a graduate of York University, Ontario, and loves all thing tech, science, sports and DIY