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Commentary on: Watkins-Martin K, Bolanis D, Richard-Devantoy S, et al. The effects of walking in nature on negative and positive affect in adult psychiatric outpatients with major depressive disorder: A randomized-controlled study. J Affect Disord 2022;318:291–8. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.08.121.
Implications for practice and research
Walking is an accessible and low-cost intervention that does not require specialised equipment or staff. Promoting walking, ideally in nature as part of routine mental healthcare, should be encouraged.
Consideration should be given to the accessibility of natural spaces in geographically and culturally diverse settings and how this may impact the relationship between physical activity, mental health and the natural environment.
Physical activity improves mental and physical health in people with depression.1 Interventions that target modifiable lifestyle behaviours, such as …
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