Another study but an interesting one. This one lays out the benefits of being outdoors, something it seems most of are not doing. They specify hiking but the benefits go way beyond that to include anything having to do with getting outside. And the real benefits to the brain come from being in an actual nature setting with trees and grass and such.
Here are some things the study found which a good walk in the woods or anywhere outside the city.
- lower levels of brooding, or obsessive worry.
- makes you more creative
- reduces the symptoms of ADHD
- improves memory
- self-esteem gets a substantial upgrade
All of these are fleshed out at the link and worth looking at for adults and for kids. Kids today spend only half the time outdoors as kids did 20 years ago. Only 6% of children will play outside on their own in a typical week. Conversely, kids are now spending almost 8 hours per day watching television, playing video games, or using a computer, tablet, or phone for recreational purposes.
And this could probably be said for adults as well.