One does not need to go far to lower their stress. Americans tend to head outside for a walk or run around their neighborhood or local trails when they need to relax. One in three Americans head to the park with friends, family or pets to unwind. Having easy, fast and accessible parks and green spaces near where you live creates a place for families and individuals to spend some quality time together or alone and unwind. The 10-Minute Walk campaign encourages local leaders to commit to providing a park or green space within a 10-minute walk of all Americans.

Key Findings

  • Nearly three in five Americans go for a walk or run around their neighborhood to manage daily stress
  • Thirty-six percent to people head to the trails to hike, walk or run to lessen their stress
  • One in three Americans visit their local parks with friends, family members or pets to de-stress
  • Millennials and Gen Xers are more likely to hit the trail or park to lower stress levels while baby boomers are more likely to head to the garden


Park Pulse: Walking Manages Stress

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