Walking along water is useful for mental health

Living near the blue space environment - any reservoirs, large and small - has an impact on people's well-being and mood. Researchers at the Global Health Institute in Barcelona, Spain, have found that short but frequent walks along the sea, lake, pond, or even fountain have a positive effect on a person's condition, add vitality and improve mental health. An article about this has been published in the journal Environmental Research.

Specialists conducted an experiment with 59 people. During one week, one group of participants had to walk on the beach along the sea for 20 minutes every day. Another group walked around the city, away from water. After that, all the volunteers rested for 20 minutes indoors. Before, during and after each walk, the researchers measured the participants' blood pressure and heart rate and used the survey to assess their well-being and mood.

The results showed that immediately after the walk along the sea, the first group was in a better mood and better mental condition. They reported that this gave them vitality and had an overall beneficial effect.

No changes in blood pressure or heart rate were recorded. However, the authors believe that this is due to the short duration of the study. In their opinion, constant walks near the blue spaces for a long time undoubtedly have a positive effect on the health of the cardiovascular system. 

Scientists believe that walks along water are better than regular city walks. According to the United Nations, 55% of the world's population lives in cities, the authors of the study explain, so it is very important to equip the urban environment with water elements that improve mental health and make it more comfortable to live in.

July 7, 2020, 10:21 a.m.

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