Group Walks Can Help Lower Depression and Stress: Study

Group Walks Can Help Lower Depression and Stress: Study

A latest study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan has revealed that group nature walks help to lower depression, stress and enhance one's mental health and well-being.

Researchers said individuals who had recently gone through a stressful phase like serious illness, death of a loved one, divorce or unemployment experience a mood boost after they go out for a walk, preferably in a park or the woods.

Senior author Sara Warber, MD, Associate Professor of family medicine at the U-M Medical School and member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, said, "We hear people say they feel better after a walk or going outside but there haven't been many studies of this large size to support the conclusion that these behaviors actually improve your mental health and well-being".

Sara stated that walking is actually an exercise that involves low risk, is inexpensive and is very easy to access.

For the study, the team of researchers evaluated 1,991 participants from the Walking for Health program in England. The findings of the study suggested that joining an outdoor walking group and going for a daily walk with them will not only improve one's daily positive emotions but will also continue a non-pharmacological approach to depression.

U-M Medical School's partners in the study were De Montfort University, James Hutton Institute and Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom.

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