Kid who view nature while exercising, get extra health benefits

Posted 05/23/2014 | By HealthCorps

We all know that exercise has a range of physical and mental benefits. That’s why kids (and adults) should exercise daily. A new study now suggests that watching nature scenes while exercising may offer additional health benefits.

The Conventry University study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health asked kids 9 and 10 years old to cycle at a moderate pace for about 15 minutes. In one cycling experience, they viewed a video of a forest track that paced in relationship to their cycling efforts. In another exercise experience, they just cycled without viewing any videos.

Measurements taken after viewing the video showed that “post-activity blood pressure” was significantly lower, compared to cycling without watching the simulated forest video. Lower blood pressure is associated with a lower risk of developing heart-related health problems. Experts suggest that it may be worthwhile to expose kids to these “green, calming videos” while they exercise.

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