If your doctor told you to "Take a hike!", would you follow your doctor's orders? Imagine getting your doctor to prescribe a brisk walk along a creek, go bird watching, or hike in to watch a sunset over the prairie. That's what a "park prescription" is; exercise in nature. Increasingly, health care providers are prescribing exercise in the great outdoors. Whether taking a leisurely stroll on a nature trail, or a vigorous hike through the prairie, nature can do wonders for your physical and mental health. Outdoor activity can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and lower your risk for heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Last updated: January 9, 2018