Why Walking in the Pirianda Gardens Is Good for Your Mind and Body

Pirianda Gardens is a glorious woodland consisting of an abundance of rare plants that are botanically significant in Australia. Among these unique plants are three specimens of the Chinese Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrate). It also features 28 varieties of Maples and 13 varieties of Birch.


Walking in this special Gardens is believed to be good for your mind and body.


Research had shown that spending time at the parks can improve your physical, mental, and social well-being. While nature has shown to increase cognition, focus, and happiness. One way to fuse these two together and reap all its benefits is to be physically active at the Pirianda Gardens.


Walking or exercising in the Gardens can bring the following benefits:


1. Reduce Risks for Illnesses

Increase Your Self-esteem

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The benefits of regular outdoor activity to your physical health include reducing your risks for certain cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. It can also decrease arthritis pain, facilitate weight loss, and lower blood pressure.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting at least 150 minutes of brisk walking is essential for one’s physical health. So make it a point to brisk walk through the Gardens whenever possible. Take advantage of the steep slopes with the terraced gardens of Pirianda as your backdrop!


2. Increase Your Self-esteem


Exercise stimulates the flow of dopamine (pleasure neurotransmitter) and endorphins (happy hormone). This positive chemicals help you feel good after a sufficient workout. As it turns out, you can boost this feelings by exercising outdoors. Exercising outdoors or green exercise can improve your mood and increase your self-esteem.


Have a fun time with friends by exercising in the Gardens across all the seasons. In Spring, you will see the Dove Tree, Magnolias, Azaleas, and Rhododendrons. In Summer, you will indulge on the Mock Orange, Hydrangeas, Eucryphia, and Clethra. In Autumn, you will witness the rare Franklinia alatamaha. Lastly, you will observe the beauty of the Luculia, Witch Hazel, and Camellias in Winter.


3. Elevate Your Memory

Elevate Your Memory

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People with depression have smaller hippocampus than the norm. Hippocampus is a part of the brain that plays important roles on memory and emotions. This is why people who are depressed have poor spatial and short-term memory. Depressed individuals can combat these shortcomings with the help of nature.


Researchers have found that participants with depression manifested a significant elevation in the short-term memory and mood after walking in nature. Walking in the natural setting such as in the Gardens can have additional pleasant impacts on memory and disposition.


4. Absorb Your Negative Energy 

Pirianda Gardens, Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne Australia

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According to an article on Psychology Today, natural elements absorb negative energy. The trees, flowers, sunlight, and waters are all included in these magnificent natural creations. Perhaps we feel more relaxed and rejuvenated around these elements because they do not demand anything from us except to appreciate and respect them.


Take a walk in the serene Pirianda Gardens to notice the beautiful landscapes and to feel the stress evaporate from your body.


Ready to boost your physical and mental health today? Visit the Pirianda Gardens using the information below.


Visitor’s Information


Address: Hacketts Rd, Olinda, Victoria, 3788

Telephone: 13 1963 (Parks Victoria Information Centre)

Operating Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (except on Christmas Day)

Website: parkweb.vic.gov.au

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.


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