Some smart guys from Glasgow University (Scotland) got around to studying the effects of jogging....especially in grassy or wooded areas. Suddenly, they found that there was a tremendous positive effect on anyone who did that.....compared to just jogging in circles at the gym or track. People who did some running in forests were much better off and in better mental condition, than folks who ran around public streets or on treadmills.
I sat and paused over this "discovery". From around 1987 to 1998, I put out this major effort to stay in shape and ran fairly regularly.
In Panama, I ran along the streets, and an abandoned runway next to the housing area. When I got to Tucson, I ran around the track at the gym, or on the base streets. Then in 1993, I got back to Germany and would run most of the time in forests or woods.
I would say there was a total difference in relaxation once I did the woods routine. I didn't need a radio with me.....I could just run and relax. My blood pressure was absolutely normal and I could wrap up a forty-minute run in some local woods with a fairly positive feeling.
Yes, it was a tremendous difference between the desert landscape running in Tucson, and the wooded running in Germany. I probably knew about this "discovery" way before the smart guys up at the Glasgow University.
Around the back side of my house in Germany....I had a paved trail that ran almost four miles, and would deliver me back to my starting point. I had fields of corn and wheat around me for half of this, and woods for the remainder. It was probably the best mental treatment that a person could ask for. Three or four times a week, and you got a dose of some mental medicine that you probably needed.
The odd thing here is that it's going to be hard for a doctor to prescribe this "walk-in-the-woods" medicine to someone, and have them take you serious. You can imagine this whole generation of folks with mental stress issues.....suddenly finding that things just aren't that bad, and life is pretty decent after all.....only because of a walk or run in the woods.
When you think about this, and how life was a one hundred and forty years ago.....we all walked a bit....mostly in wooded areas to get from one point to another....and we probably didn't have any stress issues in our life.
So we make another discovery in life.....about something that we probably already knew about....several generations ago.