Scientific Proof: A Walk in the Park is Like Meditation

A new study suggests you're more zen after a walk in green spaces
Staff Writer

The next time you need to unwind, try a walk through the park.  That commonsense advice is now backed up by research. 

A new study from scientists at Heriot-Watt University in the U.K. shows that the brain enters a meditative state when you spend time in a green space.

For the study, researchers connected 12 healthy adults to mobile electroencephalography devices to measure their brain activity and emotions while moving through three different environments in Edinburgh: a city shopping street, a green space, and a street in a busy business area.

In the green space, participants had the strongest feelings related to meditation and lesser feelings of frustration, long-term excitement and engagement.  In non-science speak, they were more able to let go.

The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and have "implications for promoting urban green space as a mood-enhancing environment for walking or for other forms of physical or reflective activity," the researchers wrote in the study.

Walking in a park or hiking outdoors also has several other health benefits. Spending time in nature can help you conquer mental fatigue and boost your cognitive functioning, according to numerous studies.

Via The Huffington Post.



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