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Why is nature good for us?

From the ancient Greek philosophers to modern-day scientists, the connection between nature and health and well-being has been studied and acknowledged.

One of the most significant benefits of nature is its ability to lower stress levels. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can decrease cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, and increase the production of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression and an overall improvement in mood. Furthermore, nature has been found to be particularly effective in treating stress-related mental health conditions such as PTSD.

Nature can also have a positive impact on our physical health. Studies have found that spending time in nature can lower blood pressure, which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Nature has also been found to boost the immune system, making us more resistant to infections and illnesses. Additionally, being in nature has been found to improve cognitive function and positively impact child development.

Nature is also a great place for physical activity, with activities such as hiking, camping, and gardening providing opportunities for exercise. This can lead to an improvement in overall physical health and fitness.

Nature is also a great place for socialising and building community connections, one of out key pathways. It can also provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, as people can participate in activities such as hiking, bird-watching, or camping.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the importance of nature to health and well-being, and recommends incorporating outdoor activities into daily routine. It also encourages governments, organizations and individuals to take action to promote access to nature, and to protect and preserve natural environments. Green Pathway Outdoors aims to be a part of this solution, helping people to access the outdoors and to share in nature's benefits.

At Green Pathway, we believe nature is a powerful tool for promoting health and well-being. The benefits of nature on our physical and mental health are numerous and well-documented; from reducing stress to improving physical health, nature has something to offer everyone. By incorporating more nature into our lives, we believe we can improve the health and well-being of society as a whole.

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