Want to Temporarily Escape The You-Know-What? Here’s How To “Walk In the Woods” Virtually

Want to Temporarily Escape The You-Know-What? Here’s How To “Walk In the Woods” Virtually

With more states like ours — Maryland and Virginia — joining the “shelter-in-place” club, finding a way to get outdoors but maintain the appropriate social distance is increasingly difficult in urban areas and the stress of it all can be really draining.  There is a wealth of resources to help you get outdoors — albeit virtually — if you cannot easily get to a secluded place to enjoy nature safely. If you want something bold or exotic, try a virtual expedition with a National Geographic Explorer.  Even a one-minute “walk in the woods” in silence like the one above in Federica Park on St. Simons Island, Georgia can provide instant relief from our new relative captivity.

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120 Minutes of Nature Needed Each Week

120 Minutes of Nature Needed Each Week

The study in Nature’s Scientific Reports surveyed people about how they felt and how much time they had spent out of doors, and the study’s authors found that the participants were more likely to report feeling well if they had spent more than 120 minutes out of doors over the past week, with little difference between key groups (such as the elderly) or how the outdoor time was spent (longer versus shorter outdoor activities).  The benefits peaked between 3 and 5 hours, with no further reported well-being gain after that.

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