Getting outdoors is good for your health!

A recent study carried out at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge has shown a strong link between those who spend more time in the outdoors and good mental health and sense of overall well-being.

Viren Swami, the lead professor of social psychology in this study, conducted the research on a group of 200 men and 199 women. Everyone in the research group was between the age of 19 and 76 to give a breadth to the research, and the findings suggested that those surveyed who spend more time outdoors felt a greater sense of happiness in their lives.

The reason for this increased mental well-being is thought to be due to a feeling of importance granted by spending time within the greater eco-system and feeling more at one with nature.

Particularly beneficial activities include outdoor walks, kayaking, canoeing, and other activities that can be carried out at a slow pace, allowing you to truly appreciate your natural surroundings and find your place within the world. This pairs with previous research showing that moderate, low-impact exercise can help to improve your mental, and physical well-being!

“Spending time in a natural environment may help us develop a sense of ownership over our physical selves, gives us a greater respect for our bodies, and a better understanding of what our bodies can do rather than what our bodies look like,” explained Viren Swami.

The study suggested that a mere additional 60 minutes spent outdoors per week could help lead to a greater sense of happiness, overall well-being and self-esteem. So why not give your body a boost and get outdoors today? And, what better way to get outdoors than in the comfort of a kayak?

Take a look at our sit in kayaks for sale, alongside many other kayaking accessories and make time for yourself to enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors!

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