SUMMER FUN: Why Being Outdoors is Good for Your Health?
Summer is here, and we’re all for burgers, ocean breezes and an ice cream cone or two. But getting outside is about more than beaches and barbecues. Science shows that spending time in the great outdoors can actually make you healthier. Escaping to the woods, mountains or even your neighborhood park helps both your body and your brain. Here are three unique reasons to spend more time in the summer sunshine:
Nature Increases Brain Function
Taking in a bit of nature can help your brain in more than one way. For starters, logging outdoor hours may increase concentration skills. One study compared concentration between children with ADHD who played outside, versus those who played inside, after school and on weekends. Kids who spent time in green, outdoor spaces reported fewer symptoms of ADHD, even when the exact same activities were compared.
Taking a stroll can also increase creativity. Research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that walking increases creative production. And while walking anywhere — whether through the woods or in a mall — is beneficial in that it prompts creativity, researchers found that the actual act of spending time outside also influences novelty.
Plus, all of that fresh air is a quick way to kick your brain into high gear. Ditch the caffeine and stick to a walk in the park. Some say that 20 minutes outside can wake you up just as much as one cup of coffee can.
The Outdoors Helps Us Age Gracefully.
Research published in the Journal of Aging Health shows that getting outside on a daily basis may help older people stay healthy and functioning longer. Participants in the study who spent time outdoors every day at age 70 showed fewer complaints of aching bones or sleep problems, among other health-related problems, at age 77 than those who did not head outside each day.
Outdoor activities that revolve around group-oriented exercises or hobbies have their own benefits for older people. Research shows that gardening can help dementia and stroke patients improve social skills and confidence, while even increasing mobility and dexterity.
The Outdoors Make Us Happy
In addition to helping decrease stress levels, spending more time with nature shows a shift toward more positive moods, says Heerwagon. While we don’t know exactly why this happens in our bodies, “the theory is that we respond positively to things that are good for us,” she tells The Huffington Post. “Trees offer shade, protection and often have fruits and nuts, so they are a source of food as well as protection and comfort.” The idea is that we like things that are inherently good for us and our survival, which is why trees and other natural elements can help lift our moods.
Now, imagine this. You step out the back door onto your deck overlooking a picture-perfect sunset over wide water in a serene preserve-like setting. A clubhouse full of activities, a tiki-bar and a gateway to a private island are just steps away. Friends and family are surrounding a beach side fire pit with a bottle of wine and cocktails ready for a night full of memories you will remember forever.
For some, this may sound too good to be true. For residents at Naples Reserve, it’s just another Friday night. This IStar community has been generating buzz along the Gulf Coast all season long and after one visit, its no wonder why. Residents at Naples Reserve enjoy a casually awesome lifestyle that rivals any vacation, right in their very own backyard.
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