Need a ride?
Being outside does wonders for the mind and soul and cycling is a great way to get about and to also get a little bit of exercise in.
Please note, this article was written before the current government guidelines regarding social isolation were issued, however we believe the information it contains may help you make the most of any time you’re able to spend outdoors, whether that's at home in your garden, or while exercising. And it’s worth bearing in mind that ‘nature’ doesn’t have to mean dramatic landscapes or wild open spaces – every little bit counts!
What if there was a natural way to uplift your mood, destress, promote a sense of wellbeing, leave you calm yet energised, without side-affects, dependency or prescription? What if it was free, readily available and in complete abundance?
Well, there is a way and it’s all of that – and the answer is, it seems, as old as time itself.
For regular nature dwellers this may come as no surprise, but it’s been scientifically proven that time in nature – just two hours a week, according to research conducted by the University of Exeter – is enough to improve our health and wellbeing.1
If you haven’t yet heard of nature prescribing, don’t worry. It’s a relatively new term for an ancient concept, dating back to the 16th century, but which is making an emergence into everyday language as we seek new ways to unwind and connect with something other than wifi. There’s also green exercise and forest bathing – seemingly buzz terms for the uninitiated, but bona-fide non-medical interventions, considered among health professionals, town planners (yes, really) and wellness influencers in the know. But just what do they mean and why should we pay attention?