Creating an idyllic and cozy outdoor environment is good for your wallet and good for your health.
It's common today for backyard space to be used as an extension of your living space. People are investing more in the back of their property, and the home-improvement boom is driving that engine. A study by the University of Michigan found that consumers value a landscaped home 11.3% higher than the same home without good landscaping.
A well-cultivated outdoor space can do wonders for your home’s value, but there are many other benefits to be gained from your backyard. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently shared a study of the health benefits of the outdoors.
Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Knowing and experiencing nature makes us generally happier, healthier people.
Getting dirty is good for you! Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides.
Residing near living landscapes improves mental health. Research found that people moving to greener areas experiences an immediate improvement in mental health.
Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery. Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children.
Walking or running in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits and increased working memory performance. Grass can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil thanks to the process called evapotranspiration.
Living landscapes help kids and pets be healthier. Playing outdoors increases fitness levels and builds healthy, active bodies. Even gardening will enhance your mood and self-esteem, and lower your body mass index (BMI)!
Your lawn produces lots of oxygen– 50 square feet of lawn generates enough oxygen each day for a family of four – and reduces the code red effect since grass removes pollutants from the air we breathe.
This is some good information, there are many people who don’t like having outdoor spaces on their houses, that’s some weird stuff, but they really don’t know what they’re missing. Thanks for sharing.
Yeah I agree with you. They don’t want to have outdoor spaces because of security and privacy concerns. But they don’t know this information and it can help their personal health if they only read this blog. Thanks mycareexpert!
What a great post! Unfortunately, some homes in SoCal really don’t have much space for outdoor areas. Sometimes just having a fenced-in front lawn is good for a little green space. I’ve seen people with desert plant gardens, vegetable gardens in boxes, and even trees or small flower beds nestled in artificial turf lawns. A nice outdoor space doesn’t have to be a sprawling Midwestern-style lawn, and even in drought conditions it is very possible to create a nice outdoor space.
I agree, it is such a great post by mycareexpert because it concerns the health of an individual. Even if we don’t have a big space outdoor, we can go to the park and relax there and do this things here. We can go biking or running to exercise and manh other things. We just have to go out to breath fresh air every now and then.
Oh my. This makes me so anxious for us to be in a new place with a big yard. We are currently looking for a house, and one of the requirements is: It must have a yard!! I can decorate up an entire backyard and perfect it to our families liking! I cant wait!
That’s right, but how can yo udecorate a backyard? I mean, there’s not too much you can do besides adding some lights and growing a good looking garden, you tell me.
Thanks for this very informative post. My family is always inside the house. We seldom go outside because we are more introvert type of person. Now I know that being introvert makes us jeopardize the health of my family. Great post!