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'Natural gym' helping health

The Actif Woods Wales project is holding a range of outdoor sessions to help alleviate chronic mental and physical health conditions. Organisers say simply taking gentle exercise outside can benefit those with depression, diabetes and arthritis.

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'Gym in the woods' helping chronic medical conditions

Those behind the Actif Woods Wales project believe simply being out in the fresh air can help alleviate common medical conditions, including depression, diabetes and arthritis.

Woodwork, plant and animal identification and fire-lighting are just some of the activities on offer at sessions in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

It's hoped the benefits of being outdoors will work alongside modern medicine to improve people's physical and mental health.

Group members in Treherbert take in the stunning scenery Credit: Actif Woods Wales / Coed Lleol
Actif Woods Wales says Mother Nature can help alleviate a range of common medical conditions Credit: Actif Woods Wales / Coed Lleol
The project is helping those with diabetes, arthritis, depression and heart problems, among other conditions Credit: Actif Woods Wales / Coed Lleol
Woodwork is just one of the activities on offer at the Actif Woods Wales sessions Credit: Actif Woods Wales / Coed Lleol

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