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Nothing beats the feeling of connecting with nature, whether it be a wander in the woods or a stroll by the seaside. Standing still, listening to birdsong and breathing in fresh air can be a great way to separate ourselves from the everyday stresses we all face, and it can do wonders for our health too.
And it’s for this reason that doctors in Shetland are now prescribing birdwatching, rambling and beach walks to help treat things such as mental illness, diabetes and heart disease.
Known as ‘nature prescriptions’, they of course won’t completely replace conventional medicines, however there is strong evidence to suggest that experiencing the great outdoors and taking time to appreciate the natural beauty that’s all around us can be hugely beneficial in terms of our physical and mental wellbeing.
Here in Edinburgh, we’re blessed with a great variety of choices when it comes to getting back to nature. From a walk along the prom in Portobello or a bike ride along the Water of Leith, to a gentle jog around The Meadows or the challenge of scaling Arthur’s Seat – it’s all here, right on our doorstep.
So if you’re looking to give yourself a health boost, why not explore the capital’s natural beauty spots. We’d love to hear your suggestions for places to visit. Tweet us at @YourGPUK or join the conversation on Facebook at @YourGPUK.
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