Recent research has found clear evidence that going for a hike can help your health.

Anyone who’s watched a child run free in a forest or play in a stream doesn’t need a research study to tell them that spending time in nature is good for kids’ health.

“It’s something that most parents know intuitively. When kids have the chance to play free in nature, they’re happier, better behaved, and more connected socially,” said Carolyn Schuyler, founder and executive director of Wildrock, a nature play and discovery center in Virginia.

Most adults know that nature is good for them too — that’s why we often leave behind the stress of work to vacation in beautiful, natural places.

But how much time in nature do we need to be healthier?

A group led by researchers in the United Kingdom tried to answer that question, in what they describe as a first step toward coming up with a nature version of national physical activity guidelinesTrusted Source.

 

Rosa-Maria Rinkl [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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