You may look outside at the snow-covered landscape and decide you’re good right where you are: indoors and warm. But you might be wrong.
Plenty of research shows that spending time in green spaces or by the ocean can benefit physical and psychological health. But now there is data to suggest that snowy environments offer those benefits, too.
So strap on the boots or snowshoes and head outside!
Of course, you might not get the benefits on a slushy city street. The research focused on 40-minute nature walks in snow-covered environments, which can be calming and free from the city’s noise and hustle.
The same outdoor spaces you use in the summer may still be operational and accessible in the winter to allow you some snow-covered relaxation.
There may be some differences. For example, if the areas are not maintained, you may want to think about purchasing some snow shoes. Snowshoes can make it much easier to tread through the snow and allow you to access calming natural spaces in the winter.
A good pair of boots can help, too, but you’ll still be working harder to get through deep snow. A pair of boots with good traction are recommended. You’ll want them to come up well above the ankle, too. If they don’t, get some gaiters.
Getting outdoors to enjoy the season can have benefits whether your surroundings are green, blue, or white. It is nature that matters.
Being in nature can help calm your mind, relieve stress, and allow you to get some much-needed exercise. This season, take advantage of the environment around you to boost your health.