Outdoor Lifestyle Offers Major Benefits
Take a walk. Have a picnic. Enjoy a bike ride. Did you know that simply spending time in and around nature may protect against a wide range of diseases and disorders while also making you healthier and happier? Studies have shown spending time outdoors can improve mental health, reduce inflammation, aid vision and even improve short-term memory.
Pardee Homes has long been an advocate of preserving open space and including parks and other green spaces in its neighborhoods and master-planned communities, as well as incorporating graceful spaces that transition indoor to outdoor living in its homes. But wherever you live, here are a few suggestions for getting outside and reaping the health benefits:
Make your meals al fresco and treat yourself to a picnic.
This can be with friends and family, or you can enjoy some solitude in nature. Stumped on what to bring for your picnic or outdoor meal? Check out these portable-dining recipes from Southern Living.
Get your exercise outside.
Whether it’s Tai Chi or tennis, a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood or a vigorous run at the hike and bike trail, you’ll reap health benefits when you move outdoors.
Take up an outdoor hobby.
Photography, bird watching, kite flying and fishing are all examples of hobbies that can be done outdoors. Or, think about your existing hobbies and whether they could be enjoyed outside—reading, catching up with friends, drawing and painting are all things that can be done outside.
Include the whole family.
Teaching your kids to ride their bikes or watching them play their favorite sport are great ways to spend time together while enjoying the outdoors. And don’t forget your four-legged family members. Dog parks are a wonderful place to exercise and bond with your pets while outdoors.
If you’re interested in a new home with opportunities for outdoor living, our New Home Specialists are ready to help.