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Have you ever noticed that taking a stroll through the woods leaves you feeling, well, pretty damn good?

Well it turns out you aren’t just getting sucked in by the beauty of the trees around you. According to new research out of the University of Illinois, walking through a wooded area can boost your health in all sorts of ways you’d never expect. But it’s not just the tranquility of a forest that’s boosting your health, these things are actually tangible. For example:

“Many plants give off phytoncides — antimicrobial volatile organic compounds — which reduce blood pressure, alter autonomic activity, and boost immune functioning, among other effects,” the study begins. “The air in forested and mountainous areas, and near moving water, contains high concentrations of negative air ions, which reduce depression, among other effects. These environments also contain mycobacterium vaccae, a microorganism that appears to boost immune functioning.”

The authors also found that the vegetation filters out pollutants from the air and even appears to reduce overall rates of violence.

Not bad for a 20-minute hike, amirite?

With fall starting to kick into high gear, we thought there’s no better time to hit some of Toronto’s greatest wooded trails than right now. After all, a beautiful cascade of yellows, reds and oranges await you in all 10 of the walks we’ve rounded up, which you can get to within one hour from Toronto’s downtown core.

Check them out, your body will thank you: