Seeking Greenery Can Be Good for Your Heart: New Study

Young cheerful businessman sitting in the park with sandwich and laptopThe more green space you’ve got nearby, the less likely you are to experience a stroke. At least, that is the finding of a new large-scale study.

Green space can do a lot for your heart. It can encourage exercise, relaxation, and fresh air. It can also foster get-togethers and enjoyable conversation.


On the other hand, concrete city blocks often breed noise, pollution, and stress.

There’s no question that green space is a luxury. But if you’re within driving distance of a park or garden, it may be worth visiting a few times per week.

The study used data from nearly 250,000 Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older that lived in Miami-Dade County in 2010 and 2011. The records were paired with satellite imagery recording measures of a neighborhood’s “greenness.”

Results showed that people in the greenest areas had a 20 percent lower stroke risk compared to those in the least green.

Two of the biggest benefits of green space may be stress relief and that they promote exercise. Previous research has shown that spending time in a garden, park, backyard, or other “green areas” can be a great stress reliever. Parks and gardens are also generally lined with paths, and it is common to see plenty of people strolling along them.


These components play a significant role in heart health and stroke risk.

Seeking out and utilizing the green spaces near your home may help improve blood pressure and make things easier on your heart. With spring underway and temperatures warming, it’s a good time to start taking advantage of the natural environment.

Find a spot you enjoy, make it a sanctuary, and your heart and mind will thank you for it.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.


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