Kicking Medications Might Be as Simple as Taking a Walk

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Students walk along Pali Path in Simon Meadow. Y members are invited to come walk, too, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Something as simple as going for a walk in nature may reduce the need for medication for anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure or insomnia.

The Palisades-Malibu YMCA has opened its quarter of a mile walking trail, Pali Path, in Simon Meadow, located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road.  Members are invited to walk on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. Park in the lot and show your Y membership and take a walk for health.

A Finish study published January 16 “Cross-Sectional Associations of Different Types of Nature Exposure with Psychotropic, Antihypertensive and Asthma Medication” discovered that visiting green spaces such as parks, lowered the amount of some medications needed.

The use of psychotropic (anxiolytics, hypnotics and antidepressants), antihypertensive and asthma medication were examined in relation to people and frequent green space visits. Those visiting nature more often had a less frequent use of those medications.

A 2016 study, conducted over eight years, compared the amount of plant life and vegetation near the homes of almost 100,000 women to health.

Researchers found having the most access to the most green space reduced the women’s death rate by 12 percent and the women’s mental health improved.

The Lancet, in a 2019 study (“Green Spaces and Mortality: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Cohort Studies”) showed that increasing residential “greenness” is associated with reducing all-cause mortality.

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on his podcast series “Chasing Life” said that even doctors are starting to prescribe time outdoors as part of their treatment program.

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One Response to Kicking Medications Might Be as Simple as Taking a Walk

  1. Sarah Nelson says:

    How about getting the Y to resume the water aerobics classes at the pool?

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