General Article New findings show women run scared from outdoor exercise

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Outdoor exercise can be as effective as antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression and anxiety and is increasingly being recognised and prescribed as a form of therapy.

However, new findings for the ‘Feel better outside, feel better inside’ campaign, run by Ecominds on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund, suggest that whilst many women feel unable to exercise outside confidently, they are missing fantastic opportunities to boost and maintain positive mental well-being.

Women are continuously confronted by health messages, advising them to get active to improve mental and physical health. The point is getting through as 98% of the 1,450 women surveyed were well aware of the research.

However the issue is more complex as inhibitions and low body-confidence create significant barriers to getting outside regularly, especially when feeling low.

Mind’s research found women were more likely to eat comfort food (71%), listen to sad m

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