3 benefits of being outdoors this spring

3 benefits of being outdoors this spring

Author: Michaela Hillan

When it comes to living a long and independent life it’s important to take steps to stay fit and active. That doesn’t have to mean running marathons, although lots of older people do, but it does mean seeking out activities you enjoy and then doing them regularly.

Living in the UK means we have a fair amount of wet and chilly weather. Which means that spring, with its rising temperatures and longer days, is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the fresh air. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three benefits of being outdoors this spring.

1. Boost your energy and increase mental focus

By the end of winter we can all start to feel a bit sluggish from sitting inside in the warm.

Fresh air and movement are a wonderful combination for boosting your energy levels and increasing mental focus. A short walk or some pottering in the garden can be all it takes to change your state and leave you feeling refreshed.

At the time of writing in spring 2021, we are just starting to see some of the Covid pandemic restrictions being eased which, in turn, means you can start to incorporate a little more time outside into your daily routine. A word of caution though. If you have been more inactive than usual over the last year, it’s a good idea to take your time building up your fitness again and to choose walks in areas that have nice even paths rather than uneven surfaces..

2. Reduce your blood pressure

It’s not uncommon to suffer from higher blood pressure as you get older. Being out in the fresh air can help to reduce your blood pressure and heart rate. Because oxygen levels are generally better outdoors, blood vessels in your lungs will dilate allowing your body to absorb more oxygen, this speeds up the efficiency of gas exchange in your body and improves your body’s own healing processes.

Regularly spending time in the fresh air means that you will probably notice that you start to feel more calm and less stressed and the quality of your sleep is likely to improve.

Why not get together with a friend for a regular walk to appreciate your local surroundings or even to the local park or along the beach? Being accountable to someone else often means you are more likely to be consistent about sticking to your plans.

3. Improve your digestion

As you age your digestive system slows, your appetite may reduce and you can be prone to uncomfortable conditions like bloating or constipation. This is further compounded by being inactive which means the muscles of your digestive system will stop working as efficiently as they used to.

The good news is that moving around in the fresh air can be a great relief by helping your digestive system to work more efficiently. This also links back to the earlier point about increased oxygen absorption and improved natural healing processes.

A gentle walk can be all that’s needed to relieve discomfort, get your digestion going again and increase your appetite. As with anything though, consistency is key so try making regular, gentle exercise part of your daily routine.

Enjoying the fresh air at The Dower House

Residents at The Dower House are encouraged to keep as fit and active as possible and with five and a half acres of beautiful gardens to explore, there is plenty of space to enjoy the fresh air.

Our carefully designed paths are suitable for those in wheelchairs or who are just a bit unsteady on their feet, and there are plenty of places to pause for a rest and enjoy the views. This year residents will also be able to take part in our new gardening club thanks to conveniently raised planters that put the plants within easy reach.

To find out more about life at the Dower House,simply call 01962 882848 or visit our website to take a virtual tour of the home and grounds.

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