NATURE & WELLBEING

Numerous studies have shown that biophilic, nature-inspired interior design in the workplace gives employees an enhanced feeling of wellbeing, increases their productivity, improves their creativity, reduces anxiety while lowering staff turnover and staff sickness rates (Professor Cary Cooper, Biophilic Design in the Workplace).

In educational environments students have seen increased learning speed in nature-inspired environments, while in healthcare centers biophilic design has reduced patient recovery time and in retail stores it has been shown to help boost customer spend.

Scientific research into the health benefits of nature-inspired design in fitness spaces however is still in its infancy however so we have made it our mission to deliver an annual research project as a small contribution to the growing body of evidence proving that time spent in 'evolution friendly', nature-inspired environments have a positive impact on both psychological and physical health.

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GREEN URBAN LIVING RESEARCH PROJECT / JAN 2018

This January we are collaborating with leading London property developer EcoWorld Ballymore on a research project at its flagship Wardian London development in Canary Wharf, aiming to explore the impact of green urban living on personal wellbeing.

A survey will be conducted in the pop-up Wardian Case, a space defined by its nature-inspired biophilic design. From its abundance of natural light to an array of air purifying plants, guests are invited to reserve their place for an hour (or more) of quiet contemplation, a refreshing dose of ‘vitamin nature’ or creative brainstorming session from Monday 22 January to Friday 2 February 2018, between 10am-6pm.

The experience is designed to leave Canary Wharf residents and professionals feeling rejuvenated, calm and upbeat and ready to take on the urban jungle outside using biofit's insight into healthy, biophilic design.

A survey created by a team of scientists from the University of Essex, including Dr Mike Rogerson and Professor Jules Pretty OBE, will assess the benefits of exposure to this environment during each visit. The study will look at mood, concentration and stress levels upon arrival and departure, with the results to be published in 2018.

To book a session in the Wardian Case please email wardian@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk, appointments will be made on a first come-first served basis.

 

GREEN EXERCISE RESEARCH PROJECT / JAN 2017

Biofit evoked a statistically significant change in both positive and negative mood states, with the workout increasing positive moods and decreasing negative moods among participants.
— Dr Steven Mann, UKActive Research Director

During our pop-up showroom in London in January 2017, we commissioned the UKActive Research Institute and University of Essex Green Exercise Group to carry out the world's first scientific research study into the health impact of 'indoor green exercise' (biofit natural fitness classes + biofit designed natural interiors).

118 participants completed a questionnaire before and after a 60min biofit group class; of those, 75% reported feeling less stressed after their session and 87% reported an improvement in positive mood state while 80% felt more connected to nature, a reflection of vitality and purpose. Here are the results in full:

 
This study suggests Biofit has the potential to benefit inner city offices, schools, health care centres and residential buildings by offering a restorative, nourishing environment in which to exercise all year round, even in a modestly sized indoor space”
— Matt Morley, Founder
 

 

USEFUL REFERENCES

Biofit - Indoor Green Exercise, UKActive Research Institute

Healthy Office - why wellness is the new green, The Fifth Estate (2017)

BUPA - Workplace wellness & Mental Health report

Nature Design for Better Health, Roger S. Ulrich

The Economics of BiophiliaTerrapinn

Green is Good For You, American Psychological Association

Biophilic Design in the WorkplaceProf. Cary Cooper

Going Green In the WorkspaceProf. Cary Cooper

Green Offices Keep Staff Healthy & Happy, World Green Building Council

Forest Bathing Enhances Human Natural Killer Activity and Expression of Anti-cancer Proteins, Tsunetsugu Y1, Park BJ, Miyazaki Y 

The Cost Effectiveness of Addressing Public Health Priorities Through Improved Access to the Natural Outdoors, Valuing Nature, 2017

The Importance of Green Space for Mental Health, Jo Barton & Mike Rogerson, 2017

A Review of the Benefits of Nature Experience: More Than Meets The Eye. Lara S. Franco, Danielle F. Shanahan, and Richard A. Fuller (2017)

Green Mind Theory: How Brain-Body-Behaviour Links into Natural and Social Environments for Healthy Habits. Pretty, Rogerson & Barton (2017)

Occlusion of sight, sound and smell during Green Exercise influences mood, perceived exertion and heart rate, Wooller, J. J., Barton, J., Gladwell, V. F., & Micklewright, D. (2015)

The relationship between nature connectedness and happinessColin A. CapaldiRaelyne L. Dopko, and John M. Zelenski

The great outdoors: How a green exercise environment can benefit allGladwell VF, Brown, DK, Wood CJ, Sandercock GR and Barton JL (2013)

Therapeutic effect of forest bathing on human hypertension in the elderly.Mao G.X., Cao, Y.B., Lan, X.G., He, Z.H., Chen, Z.M., Wang, Y.Z., Hu, X.L., Lv, Y.D., Wang, G.F., Yan, J. (2012). 

Does Participating in Physical Activity in Outdoor Natural Environments Have a Greater Effect on Physical and Mental Well-being than Physical Activity Indoors? A Systematic Review. Thomson Koon J, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J et al  (2011).

What is the best dose of nature and green exercise for improving mental health. A multi-study analysis. Barton J and Pretty, J. (2010)

What Is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health. Barton, J. & J. Pretty (2010)

Green Exercise in the UK countryside: Effects on health and psychological well-being, and implications for policy and planning. Pretty J, Peacock J, Hine R, Sellens M, South N et al (2007).

Physiological Effects in Humans Induced by the Visual Stimulation of Room Interiors with Different Wood Quantities, Tsunetsugu, Y., Y. Miyazaki, & H. Sato (2007).

Greenspace, urbanity, and health: how strong is the relation? Maas, J., Verheij, R., Groenewegen, P., de Vries, S., Spreeuwenberg, P. (2006). 

Shinrin-yoku (forest-air bathing and walking) effectively decreases blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. Ohtsuka, Y., Yabunaka, N., Takayama, S. (1998).