The Health Benefits Of Spending Time Outdoors

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As a resident of Perth, Australia, you can appreciate the weather as for most of the year it is more than pleasant. The city has heat, and heat waves, but apart from the excessively hot days, people aren’t caged inside like you would be if it was bitterly cold. There are more than 260 sunny days in Perth annually and that makes activities outdoors common for most people. Spending time in your garden that has had the benefit of a nice landscape design can be surprisingly good for you.

What is probably not known is that there are benefits to being outdoors that have been scientifically proven.

Being outside improves short term memory.
A study by a US university found that test subjects got 20% better scores on tests they were given after a short walk through trees and outside in sunshine. Similar studies found that depressed individuals increased their working memory after a short walk outside.

Increased Mental Energy
The Journal of Environmental Psychology stated that natural beauty boosts mental energy as well as making a person feel at one with nature. Other studies found that being in a restorative environment, such as outside in nature, increases your mental energy.

Lower Cortisol and Lower Heart rate
Cortisol is the hormone that causes stress, and if you want to reduce your levels and also lower your heart rate, then spending some time outside in nature will help greatly. Multiple sources such as the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine and Biomedical Environmental Sciences have reported this sort of information.

Experiencing these health benefits yourself
Our existing lifestyle and work commitments tend to make it difficult to spend lots of time outdoors. But all is not lost. There is an answer to the problem and it can provide you more outdoor time for your family. Speak to a professional landscape designer about creating your outdoor living space. We’re not talking about a few chairs on the patio, but a full scale outdoor area that can include an outdoor kitchen, an alfresco eating area and places for entertainment and spending time with the family. Family time is important so you get double benefits with improved health by spending more time outdoors.

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