Five minutes in the green can boost self esteem 花5分鐘在綠地能增進自我肯定

Just five minutes of exercise a day in the great outdoors can improve mental health, according to a study.
Researchers from the University of Essex found that as little as five minutes of a "green activity" such as walking, gardening or cycling can boost mood and self esteem.
Many studies have shown that outdoor exercise can reduce the risk of mental illness and improve a sense of well-being, but Jules Pretty and Jo Barton, who led this study, said that until now no one knew how much time needed to be spent on green exercise for the benefits to show.
許 多研究已顯示戶外運動能降低心理疾病的風險,並增進安適感,但主持這項研究的普雷蒂與巴頓表示,直到現在,沒有人知道需花多少時間在綠色運動上才會呈現出 好處。
Barton and Pretty looked at data from 1,252 people of different ages, genders and mental health status taken from 10 existing studies in Britain. They analyzed activities such as walking, gardening, cycling, fishing, boating and horse-riding.
巴頓與普雷蒂檢視1252名不同年齡、性別與 精神健康狀態者的資料,這些資料得自英國10項現有的研究。他們並分析諸如走路、園藝、騎自行車、釣魚、划船與騎馬等活動。
They found that the greatest health changes occurred in the young and the mentally ill, although people of all ages and social groups benefited. All natural environments were beneficial, including parks in towns or cities, they said, but green areas with water appeared to have a more positive effect.
他們發現最大的健康變化發生在年輕族群與精神疾病者,雖然所有年齡層與社會群體都獲益。所有的自然環境都 有益,包括城鎮的公園,他們說,不過伴有水色的綠區顯然更有正面效果。
esteem︰ 名詞,敬重、尊重。例句︰The affair has lowered their esteem of him.(緋聞事件折損了他們對他的敬重。)a man of great esteem則指德高望重之人。
boost︰動詞,增加、促 進、激勵,例句︰That boosted my confidence.(那增強了我的信心。)
well-being︰名詞,安康、安 適。例句︰It gave us a sense of well-being to gaze the beautiful seaside.(凝望美麗海濱,給我們心曠神怡之感。)

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