Installing a patio is your garden is a great way to boost the value and look of your home but did you know that it’s also a great way to boost your health? A well furnished and attractive patio will give you more excuses to spend time outside which is not only enjoyable but it’s also a great boost for your mind and body too!
It might be difficult to rack up time spent outdoors when you live in the UK but as little as 10 minutes a day spent outside in natural sunlight can have huge benefits for your health – benefits which are almost impossible to replicate indoors. Here are just a few of the health benefits a patio can provide for you and your family:
Did you know that spending time outside is one of nature’s best stress relievers? Getting out into the fresh air and up close and personal with nature can help to alter your mood and make you feel more relaxed in a short space of time.
As little as 30 minutes a week can have a positive impact on your health so why not spend some time outside reading a book, playing with your children or, in the winter, wrapping up warm and soaking up just a few rays if you can bear the cold! Even playing outside in the snow could be good for your mind!
If you want to go one step further and take part in a spot of gardening, the exercise involved will help to increase the chemicals serotonin and dopamine in your body which, in turn, will boost your happiness.
Even just being outside in a peaceful and quiet garden will also help you to feel calm and relaxed. Studies have shown that, after a stressful event, simple images of nature can help to produce a calming effect very quickly. Within three to four minutes of viewing the pictures, blood pressure, respiration rate, brain activity and the production of stress hormones decrease, improving your mood.
A Daily Dose of Vitamin D
If you live in the UK, it can be difficult to get enough Vitamin D, especially in the winter. Vitamin D from our diets is not sufficient and exposure to sunlight can be rare which means that Vitamin D deficiency has now been identified as a widespread problem. Lack of the vitamin can cause an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and complications in pregnancy so it’s important to get outside and make the most of available sunlight at any opportunity.
Even just a few minutes exposed to sunlight in the day can help to boost your vitamin D levels and make you feel more energised and able to concentrate.
Boost immune system
Getting out in the fresh air supplies your immune system with extra oxygen, helping it to fight off infection, kill and destroy bacteria, viruses and germs. Breathing in stale air from indoors is not as effective at supplying your body with enough oxygen to keep your blood cells functioning properly.
Helps with Sleep
The chemical melatonin and your circadian rhythm heavily influence the length and quality of the sleep you get during the night and both of these are influenced by your exposure to sunlight. Spending too much time under artificial lighting and staring at screens will affect your sleep patterns and prevent you from feeling well rested.
This might be linked to getting better sleep but spending time outside also benefits you mentally as well as physically. Exposure to sunlight boosts the levels of serotonin in your brain which helps to boost your mood and make you feel happier and more alert. So, whatever the season, try and spend a few hours on your patio to exposure yourself to that all-important natural light and lift your mood.