Hold on to your sunhats. Going outside and into the natural environment could be exactly what you need. Studies from around the world show us that that nature is a health tonic ripe for the picking. From improving physical health to lifting mood, promoting relaxation, improving concentration, and facilitating social connectedness, nature seems to have it all.
Need proof? A 2004 study in The Spine Journal showed that a single session of an exercise such as walking can reduce low back pain 10 to 50 percent.
Walking stimulates the brain to release serotonin and endorphins, neurotransmitter chemicals that make you feel better physically and mentally. Walking also blocks pain through the gate control theory: when you walk, you work the big muscle groups in the trunk and legs - the signals fired from large nerves (required for movement), replace pain messages coming from smaller nerves.
Richard Louv specialises in the connections between nature, family and community, and coined the phrase ''nature-deficit disorder'' to describe the physical, mental and spiritual costs of living alienated from the natural world. "Primarily a statement of philosophy, the 'Nature Principle' is supported by a growing body of theoretical, anecdotal and empirical research that describes the restorative power of nature - its impact on our senses and intelligence; on our physical, psychological, and spiritual health; and on the bonds of family, friendship, and the multi-species community." he writes.
There are some great nature walks in Mandurah and surrounds, so we've taken the time to find you the links you need to get you started. The following is a list of walking trails in:
So what are you waiting for? Unplug your computer and go take a walk outside!