Feeling sluggish? It might do you a world of good to get out of the great indoors and go for a real live nature walk. A recent study lead by Richard Ryan, UR Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Education, shows that being outside for just 20 minutes per day is enough to significantly boost vitality levels. Find out more about this study.
This study is consistent with other research and when you think about it, it just makes sense. Human beings were not meant to be sedentary, nor to be surrounded by the same four walls for an extended period of time. Evolutionarily speaking we are hunters, gatherers, and benefit from exploring the natural world around us. Studies have shown that the occupants of LEED Certificated and other green buildings that incorporate these principals into their building design experience increased productivity and fewer sick days. Though having lots of windows and interior plant life serve other purposes, the benefit of “feeling better” should not go unnoticed.
Although most of us have experienced the benefits of vacationing to faraway lands in beautiful surrounds, there are many scenic travel destinations right in the Rochester area. Taking a day trip to Letchworth State Park may be just what the doctor ordered for you. Or simply take a stroll right here at the University’s very own Arboretum. Engage all of your senses to see, smell, feel, and hear the natural treasures around you. We are typically much more likely to get outside this time of year while the temperatures are warmer, but don’t limit your experience as each season provides its own unique look and feel. Learn more about the types of trees in our Arboretum and where they are located. The webpage boast some colorful photos, but the sights are even more amazing in person.