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Will private medical cover holders benefit from woodland walks?

Published on 13/12/2010
Private medical cover holders living in Wales could be among those to benefit from taking regular woodland walks.

The Forestry Commission Wales is set to meet with doctors today (December 13th) and will urge them to encourage patients to consider the health benefits of a walk in some of the country's woodland areas.

Richard Davies, the Forestry Commission Wales’ policy and programme adviser, has lamented the amount of indoor activity that is prescribed to people with various ailments.

"Currently, health professionals tend to refer people to indoor activity, such as gyms, rather than to the outdoors. This is generally owing to a lack of awareness of the additional benefits exercising in the outdoors - and especially in woodland - can deliver," he said.

"Studies have shown that looking at greenery causes a rapid reduction in stress – blood pressure, muscle tension pulse rate – usually within minutes of exposure, and is most obvious when the body is already stressed."

The expert claimed there is a strong link physical activity and lower rates of problems like obesity, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
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