In today’s culture, convenience, and technology have caused most to undermine the value of the great outdoors, and many may not understand the importance of fresh air. No matter how you go about it, affording personal time with Mother Nature can considerably benefit your health! The Pavilion Senior Living understands the importance of outdoor activities and fresh air, which is why we would like to share a few of the associated health benefits!
The Health Benefits of Fresh Air
Even though modern technology connects us with those around the world, it does little to connect us with the world. The health benefits of fresh air are vast, and probably not what you may assume. While you may think the benefits are trivial, they are anything but that. Did you know that fresh air can help you digest your food more efficiently? Fresh air can help your body and mind a lot more than you may think! Here are some other benefits you may not know about:
Helps improve blood pressure rate and heart rate:
Fresh air comes free of charge, and you only need to avoid high emission and pollution areas to reap the benefits. Breathing clean, fresh air helps you get rid of pollutants and toxins in your body; this promotes a stronger, healthier heart in the long run.
Strengthens your immune system:
It may seem like an obvious point to make, but breathing in fresh air can save your life. One study found that over the span of a year, the presence of trees and fresh air saved over 800 lives, and 670,000+ cases of acute respiratory systems were avoided thanks to the fresh air given off by trees.
Decreases stress and improve happiness:
While indoor activities can provide a lot of great experiences, being cooped up for too long can have adverse effects. It can be hard to break a routine of staying indoors but changing your routine up to include fresh air and outdoor time can benefit you in the long run. Studies have shown the benefits of actually taking the time to stop and smell the roses. Perennial plants like roses, lavender, and even pine trees, release aromas in the air that help decrease levels of stress which, in turn, improves your overall mood and happiness!
Energizes you in the morning:
This point is likely the least obvious of the benefits. You may wonder how getting fresh air could energize you. After all, we invented coffee to help stimulate us! Well, before we had coffee, we had the fresh air and the sound of nature to wake us up and energize us for the day to come. A study from The University of Rochester found that 90% of those who woke up and spent time outside getting fresh air, participating in outdoor activities, found themselves happier with increased energy.
A further advantage is that breathing in fresh air cleans your lungs! By dilating your lungs fully, fresh air helps cleanse any airborne toxins in your body. Getting fresh air doesn’t have to lead you to an intense activity that causes more pain than reward. A quick trip around the park can give you enough fresh air to energize and boost your immune system!
The simple reality about fresh air is that it provides a wealth of benefits to your health and wellbeing. A critical part of longevity and staying healthy relies heavily on getting fresh air!
If you find yourself having trouble getting out and truly enjoying nature, there may still be a solution for you. The Pavilion Senior Living offers activities that allow you to enjoy the fresh air and outdoor festivities with a robust and lively community. At The Pavilion Senior Living, we go a step further and offer apartments with screened-in porches. These apartments allow our residents to wake up, get some fresh air with your cup of juice or coffee, and ring in your morning the best way!
We invite you to visit one of our communities, enjoy a glass of lemonade in our screened-in patios, and experience the benefits of fresh air for yourself! Click here to contact our team and schedule a visit!