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Embrace the Outdoors and Improve Your Well-Being

July 17, 2024
Living in a senior community comes with many perks, but one of the most delightful is the opportunity to spend time outdoors—especially on such a lush campus as Springwell. The benefits of being outside extend far beyond enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery. From boosting your mood to enhancing physical health, nature offers a treasure trove of advantages. Let’s explore how embracing the outdoors can enrich your life.

1. Improve Your Mood

Spending time outside has a profound impact on your mood. Research has found that natural light increases the production of serotonin, a hormone that boosts feelings of happiness and well-being. Even a short walk or sitting in a garden can lift your spirits and leave you feeling more cheerful. The simple act of being in nature can bring joy and a sense of peace to your daily life.

2. Reduce Feelings of Anxiety, Stress, Depression, or Anger

Nature has a unique way of calming the mind. The sensory stimulation from the sights, sounds and smells of nature fosters mindfulness, helping to divert attention from negative thoughts. Additionally, spending time outdoors can reduce cortisol levels, leading to stress alleviation. In fact, a University of Michigan study found that 20 minutes outdoors can drop cortisol levels in adults by over 20%.

3. Help You Be More Active and Improve Your Physical Health

Outdoor activities encourage physical movement, which is essential for maintaining good health. Whether you enjoy gardening or a leisurely walk, being active outdoors helps improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles and enhance flexibility. Regular physical activity also promotes better balance, reducing the risk of falls. Embracing an active lifestyle in nature contributes to overall physical well-being and longevity.

4. Help You Meet and Connect to Your Local Community

Spending time outside provides wonderful opportunities to socialize. Whether you join a walking group, participate in a gardening club, sit outside for a meal, or attend community events, being outdoors helps you meet and connect with others. These interactions are crucial for building new friendships and maintaining a vibrant social life. Sharing outdoor activities with fellow residents fosters a sense of camaraderie and belonging.

5. Improved Sleep

Spending time in natural light helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Exposure to sunlight during the day supports the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes better sleep. Engaging in outdoor activities also helps expend physical energy, making it easier to fall asleep and enjoy restful, uninterrupted sleep at night. Improved sleep leads to better overall health and increased energy levels.

6. Boosted Immune Function

Nature plays a role in enhancing your immune system. Fresh air and sunlight exposure stimulate the production of Vitamin D, which is vital for a robust immune response. Physical activity outdoors also supports a healthy immune system by improving circulation and overall bodily function. Regularly spending time outside helps keep your immune system strong, reducing the likelihood of illness.

Getting Outside at Springwell

Residents of Springwell are blessed with an abundance of opportunities to get outside and reap the benefits. Whether it’s dining on the veranda, participating in the gardening club, strolling on the walking path, enjoying excursions, or just sitting in the sun, all the benefits of being outdoors are there for the picking.

But let’s be frank … sometimes it’s just too hot to be outside—especially in the summer months! Springwell still offers plenty of options for residents to attend to their well-being AND stay cool inside. From chef-prepared meals and exercise classes to music events and happy hours, there is no shortage of activity and options.

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