A recent UK study has found that a combination of exercise and nature can boost well being.
The researchers examined evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found quick improvements in mood and self-esteem, with the largest effect being seen within five minutes and strongly impacting the younger participants.
Longer periods of time exercising in a green environment were investigated and though the process was found to be positive the effects were not as great as those achieved during a shorter exercise period.
Researchers also took sex and age into account, finding that it is the young and mentally-ill that benefit most.
Jules Pretty is a researcher at the University of Essex and study leader. He believes employers could benefit from encouraging staff in stressful workplaces to take a walk at lunch time to improve mental health.
Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said the research has added to the evidence that green exercise can provide a low cost and drug-free therapy to help improve mental wellbeing.