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REWARD &  REASON [#1] Brighten Your Grey Matter Studies have found forest walking, or spending time doing activities in nature, shows evidence of lower levels of frustration, higher concentration and an increase in positive emotions for children and adults. Researchers Marc Berman, John Jonides and Stephen Kaplan found memory performance and attention spans improved by 20 …

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REWARD & REASON [#2] Step Your Workout Up A Notch Forget the gym. Walking and running outside has more benefits than using a treadmill or track – and is actually a more strenuous work out. First off, you stride differently when walking or running outdoors. Studies have found that outside fitness sessions use more muscles and we …

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REWARD & REASON [#3] Nature Is Medicine Along with reports of helping symptoms of anxiety and depression, it has been found those who live in the areas with the most amount of green space have lower levels of cortisol (known as the stress-hormone), and their self-reported feeling of stress were lower than those who spent more …

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REWARD & REASON [#4] Your Health & Life Depends On It Spending time engaging with nature can increase the quality of your health and life span. Pennsylvania researchers found that patients in rooms with tree views had shorter hospitalizations, less need for pain medications, and fewer negative comments in the nurses’ notes, compared to patients with views …

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REWARD & REASON [#5] Boost Your Health & Fight Disease How do wild spaces help our health and well being over urban spaces? Juyoung Lee of Chiba University found that leisurely forest walks, compared with urban walks, yield a 12.4 percent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, a seven percent decrease in sympathetic nerve activity, a 1.4 …

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REWARD & REASON [6] Feel The Mystery & Magic Of Our World Breathing in the fresh forest air has long been thought to cure many ailments. In Japan, a historical belief exists in the health benefits of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”. But what exactly is in the magical forest atmosphere where so many creatures live and dwell? …

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REWARD & REASON [#7] Build Independence & Relationships Besides your personal health, spending time in wilderness with your partner and young ones has social rewards too.”Family experiences in the outdoors—especially those that include a little challenge or require a little work—afford great opportunities to build children’s competence and encourage their autonomy, even as we emphasize the …

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REWARD & REASON [#8] Sleep Better, Feel Better Spending quality amounts of time in a natural setting can also help increase your quality of sleep. Studies show that being exposed to natural sunlight helps set the body’s internal clock; which helps to tell us when to sleep and eat, and helps to normalize hormonal functions that …

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REWARD & REASON [#9] We Have To Use It So We Don’t Lose It Our parks and forests are built on a user-based system of management where industrial motives continually edge out the needs of our natural ecosystems. If we do not respectfully use, enjoy, and celebrate the forests, parks, and other green spaces we have …

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REWARD & REASON [+1] There Are Rewards To Getting “Out There” Out of all the benefits and rewards of spending time in a wilderness park this summer, there is another unexpected reward “Out There” waiting for few lucky paddlers on an undisclosed tree along a portage trail.  That’s right! As part of the Paddle In The Park …

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