Tuesday, December 18

Here’s something cool from Scotland! Doctors are starting to prescribe “nature” to their patients.

Doctors in Shetland “will be authorised by the archipelago’s health board, NHS Shetland, to issue “nature prescriptions” to patients to help treat mental illness, diabetes, heart disease, stress and other conditions.”

These nature prescriptions won’t replace traditional medicine, but they will supplement it. The goal is to get people more involved in their own health, and research clearly shows that getting outside is good for us.

Makena Lohr, a spokeswoman for the centre, said she was not aware of any other NHS trusts or boards formally prescribing nature and exercise in this way. “The physical and mental benefits of connecting with nature have been very well evidenced by numerous studies,” she said. “It’s high time that the healthcare sector became aware of that.”

I hope that this catches on and that more doctors around the world start prescribing things other than medicine when it’s appropriate. Of course, then the patient has to take responsibility to fill the prescription, and that may be the hardest part.

Read the full article here: Scottish GPs to begin prescribing rambling and birdwatching

Workout for Tuesday, December 18
25 min Not For Time
Heavy Object Hold - Accumulate 5 minutes of
Plate Twists - 5 Sets of 10 Slow and Controlled
L-Sit Hold - Accumulate 3 minutes
Single Arm Farmers Carry - 5 Lengths (75') Each Arm

6 min AMRAP
2-4-6-8...Continue Increasing by 2 Reps
Burpees to Target 6" Out of Reach
Plank Position DB Rows Alternating Arms

CrossFit 616