Presentation on theme: "Green Exercise: The benefits of walking and exercising in nature. Dr. Ademola Adejuwon Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine University College Hospital."— Presentation transcript:
Green Exercise: The benefits of walking and exercising in nature. Dr. Ademola Adejuwon Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine University College Hospital London Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health
Highlight the importance of physical activity. Why walking is an ideal form of exercise. The health benefits of being active in nature.
Regular physical activity at the correct intensity: – Reduces the risk of heart disease by 35% – Lowers the risk of stroke by 30% – Reduces the incidence of diabetes by up to 50% – Reduces the incidence of high blood pressure, by almost 50% – Can reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by almost 20% – Can lower the risk of colon cancer by over 30-50% – Can reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer’s disease by 40-45% – Can decrease depression by 20-30% (as effective as Prozac or CBT) – Reduce/delay onset and severity of sarcopenia Health benefits of physical activity
Church TS et al. Arch Int Med 2005;165:2114–20 Risk of cardiovascular disease mortality by cardiorespiratory fitness and body mass index categories.
Physical activityExposure to nature Green exercise
Regular exercise in natural environments halves risk of poor mental health. (n=1890) - Mitchell, 2013 Pretty, Peacock, Sellens and Griffin (2005)
Additional benefits of walking outside Appreciation of nature/environment Vitamin D Role model effect
Summary Walking is an acceptable form of exercise conferring all the benefits physical activity. Walking outdoors has a 50% greater effect on mental health, well being and mood compared to exercising indoors. The effect of exercising and being outdoors appears to be synergistic.