These days, being health-conscious about remodeling is definitely in style. With more people choosing to age in place than ever, it’s important to build your home in a way that contributes to your wellness through the years.
A backyard living space, like a deck or patio, not only creates an amazing spot to hang out; it’s great for your wellbeing. In this blog, the Very Cool Guys are sharing some of the health benefits of building a backyard living space!
1.) Living landscapes have been shown to boost mental health.
When you build a deck or patio, it’s easy to integrate plants and other natural elements like stone, wood, and water. In scientific research, landscapes that evoke the natural world have been shown to improve mental health. Furthermore, this effect is almost instantaneous; all you need is a few minutes to unwind outdoors to reap the benefits of decreased anxiety, rumination, and negative affect.
Retreating to your backyard living space after a stressful day could be just what you need to restore your peace.
2.) A backyard living space encourages physical activity.
Nothing inspires spending time outdoors like a beautiful deck or patio. And once you’re out there, backyard activities like playing with the dog or having a catch are the natural next step!
Building a backyard living space is one way of encouraging yourself and your family to spend less time sitting, more time moving.
3.) Exposure to natural light boosts mood and wellness.
You should always be careful not to get TOO much natural light, but soaking in some rays in your backyard living space is one way to boost your mood and overall health.
While lounging on your perfect patio, you’ll absorb vitamin D, an essential mineral that helps regulate the immune system, contributes to body weight maintenance, and even has been linked to better control of asthma symptoms.
Plus, you can always integrate shade-creating features so you can get out of the sun when you’ve had enough
4.) Spending time out doors could bolster your cognitive function.
Lastly, some studies have suggested that spending time outside may be linked to improved brainpower, including better working memory and recall. While you may still forget where you put your keys, enjoying a great backyard living space could produce small cognitive benefits over the years.