Here at Archadeck of Charlotte our multitude of happy customers can attest that their outdoor living spaces are good for the soul. However, recent findings are shedding light on the fact outdoor spaces are also good for our health!
That’s right. Having the benefit of a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor structure nearby allows freedom to get outside anytime. We often use the terms relaxation and down time when describing the benefits of having a backyard space. Over the last few years, however, medical experts are starting to take notice of just how beneficial spending a short time in our own backyards is for our health.
Getting rid of stress— at least temporarily—might be as simple as silencing your cell phone, putting away the worries of the day, and basking on your backyard deck. Stress is a contributing factor for hypertension which can result in stroke and other vascular issues. In addition to reducing stress, spending time outdoors will also boost your immune system and help with symptoms of depression.
And that’s not all. In a study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, children with ADHD who played outside, versus those who played inside, after school and on weekends were compared for differences in concentration. The findings determined kids who spent time in green, outdoor spaces reported fewer symptoms of ADHD, even when the exact same activities were compared.
The endless list of benefits of outdoor living is true for any age, not just the very young. According to research published in the Journal of Aging Health getting outside on a daily basis may help older people stay healthy and functioning longer. Participants in the study who spent time outdoors each day at age 70 had 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.
So, just as we had always thought, outdoor living spaces ARE good for us on all levels, at any age!
Contact Archadeck of Charlotte to learn more about creating a custom outdoor living space that will lift your mood, increase your happiness and enhance the overall well-being of all members of your family. Give us a call at (704) 944 – 1350, email us or fill out the form to the right and we will contact you.