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Imagine a treatment that is readily available to people of all walks of life with no side-effects that can reduce depression, stress, anxiety, spur on weight loss and is easily replicated across cultures. There’s growing empirical evidence that suggests walks in nature may just be the miracle

drug we’ve all been waiting for. Living close to green spaces has been proven to provide the type of treatment for what ails us time and time again. Tulsa is on the cutting edge of this type of thinking — with the addition of the Gathering Place to

A NICE NATURE WALK CAN IMPROVE SHORT-TERM MEMORY More than a few studies through the years have shown that a good nature walk has memory-improving effects, while walking on the treadmill in the local gym does not. A University of Michigan trial divided students into two groups. After a brief memory test, one set of participants walked down a city street. The other group ambled through a nearby arboretum. When the participants returned to take the test again, those who had taken the city route did not improve in their results. However, the people who had enjoyed a nature walk had improved their memory results by 20 percent. Amazing! OUTDOOR TIME REDUCES INFLAMMATION Some of us have chronically creaky joints and inflammation, making it painful to get around. It may seem that no form of arthritis treatment makes a difference. Sadly, inflammation can be associated with autoimmune disorders, depression, cancer and more. Fortunately, spending time outdoors is likely to reduce inflammation and creaky joints, naturally and pretty darn quick too. A study of senior citizens who were sent on a weeklong trip into a forest produced significant signs of inflammation reduction. Other studies have confirmed these results, and have even shown that blood pressure can also be reduced at the same time.

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BY ROB HARMON go along with so many other beautiful parks, including the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center in Mohawk Park, as well as the Tulsa Botanic Garden in North Tulsa. Visiting these beautiful spaces in our beloved Green Country may have more benefits than we realize. Here are just a few.

OUTDOOR REJUVENATION EQUALS FATIGUE ELIMINATION Just ask anybody on a Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, when not even a spinner or any other fidget toy can help with focus, if brain fatigue really is a thing. We may have a hard time getting our minds in gear at the office, but studies have found that even just looking at pictures of nature can provide the kind of mental boosts we all need from time to time to overcome the doldrums associated with brain fatigue. It goes without saying that your brain will function even better by seeing nature up close and in person. THE MORE TIME OUTSIDE, THE LOWER THE BLOOD PRESSURE Maybe it goes without saying, but with all this walking around in the woods, you’re bound to lower your blood pressure. Yes, again, studies show it’s true. An eight-year-long Japanese study a few years back showed that spending time in nature reduces blood pressure, citing the calming effects of a world devoid of city stresses and work responsibilities. Makes sense to us. Plus, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, while walking on trails, you forget you’re exercising and giving your heart a little extra healthy work. TIME OUTDOORS DE-STRESSES YOUR LIFE Forest therapy is being used more often as a form of de-stressing. Of course, they’ve done a study on that too. Compared to participants

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April 2019 (Vol. 33, No. 4)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...

April 2019 (Vol. 33, No. 4)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...