Since the beginning of time, our ancestors have been living amongst nature, whether this is in mountainous regions or near life-giving rivers. Indeed, ancient civilizations recognized that nature would give them what nothing else could. In today’s day and age, we are not able to recognize the immediate benefits of nature. However, it is extremely important for us and our loved ones to bask ourselves in it. Technology means that we have access to the world at our fingertips, but it is important to go out into the world instead. This article will help you understand why.
Important for Physical Health
Be it children or adults, physical activity is essential for us. Not all of us have the resources for a home gym or even one outside. Parks, lakesides, and riversides are some of the best places that are not only free of charge but picturesque such that you can do some light jogging or even walking. What’s more some parks also have exercise corners where you can do targeted exercising which promotes healthy muscle growth. One can also engage in simple stretching exercises to get the blood flowing. Being out in nature inspires us to be more physically active.
Promotes Social Activity
Nature in itself is not social but have you noticed that people love to flock to the local park in droves? That’s right – people feel rejuvenated from being in nature and this can be a great way to stave of loneliness. Whether it’s young children playing games or a group of octogenarians having a quiet chat by the benches, social activity is as necessary for us as physical or mental ones. If you have heard the saying “no man is an island” then you will surely agree that talking and connecting to people for just a few minutes each day can be therapeutic.
Reverses Cognitive Decline
Many published studies in reputed scientific journals attest to the fact that nature can improve your focus, bolster your memory, and even reverse the cognitive decline that is present in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s. Sometimes, people may find that it is helpful to meditate and be wholly present at the moment, in nature. Alternatively, you may have noticed that yoga enthusiasts practice their craft in nature. Both yoga and meditation are a great add-on to being in nature and help with your cognition.
Reduces The Ill Effects of Depression
Many individuals in their twilight years, experience depression. This can be due to a multitude of factors such as reduced mobility, loneliness, the loss of friends and family, and a myriad of other psychosocial aspects. It has been shown that the amount of time spent in nature is directly correlated to one’s mental health. Simply put, the more time you spend outside, the more likely it is that your severity of diseases like depression is reduced. While the exact reasons for why this is the case have not been fully studied, it may help explain why so many find lakes and parks so peaceful and energizing.