Heated loo seats, Sony Walkmans, emojis, sat navs… the Japanese are world-class innovators. Fact.

They were also the first to wise up to the healing power of forest bathing. For the uninitiated, forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is the practice of spending time immersed in green, woodland spaces to reap health benefits. (N.B. there’s no water involved).

But is there really something in it? It seems so. There is real evidence to suggest forest bathing can have a positive effect on mental and physical health.

A recent study by the University of East Anglia found time in green spaces was linked to reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lower heart rate, and a host of other positive reactions. Apparently there are chemicals released by trees and plants, called phytoncides, which work to boost the immune system. SOLD.

There was a sobering statistic in the news recently. According to market researchers Childwise, children aged five to sixteen spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen compared with around three hours in 1995.

So what will tear us away from our devices and get us outside? Well, the right gear is a good place to start.

Introducing WonderWelly

Truly game-changing and super comfortable – say hello to WonderWelly. 100% waterproof, with a bouncy sole, and so light they won’t ever weigh you down. Pull them on. Head out. You don’t need to study the concept of Shinrin-yoku to enjoy a walk in the great outdoors, but you do need a welly that won’t hold you back.

Whether you’re a dedicated urbanite or a countryside-dweller, it’s time to get back to nature – and this time, we’ll be wearing a 21st Century welly.

Heated loo seats, Sony Walkmans, emojis, sat navs… the Japanese are world-class innovators. Fact. They were also the first to wise up to the healing power of forest bathing.

For the uninitiated, forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is the practice of spending time immersed in green, woodland spaces to reap health benefits. (N.B. there’s no water involved).

But is there really something in it? It seems so. There is real evidence to suggest forest bathing can have a positive effect on mental and physical health.

A recent study by the University of East Anglia found time in green spaces was linked to reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lower heart rate, and a host of other positive reactions. Apparently there are chemicals released by trees and plants, called phytoncides, which work to boost the immune system. SOLD.

There was a sobering statistic in the news recently. According to market researchers Childwise, children aged five to sixteen spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen compared with around three hours in 1995.

So what will tear us away from our devices and get us outside? Well, the right gear is a good place to start.

Introducing WonderWelly

Truly game-changing and super comfortable – say hello to WonderWelly. 100% waterproof, with a bouncy sole, and so light they won’t ever weigh you down. Pull them on. Head out. You don’t need to study the concept of Shinrin-yoku to enjoy a walk in the great outdoors, but you do need a welly that won’t hold you back.

Whether you’re a dedicated urbanite or a countryside-dweller, it’s time to get back to nature – and this time, we’ll be wearing a 21st Century welly.