Healthy Aging | 08/28/19
An oak tree towering over the field of freshly cut grass. Water rippling in a pond. Sounds of nature permeating the air, from birds singing to the rustling of leaves. There’s something about the outdoors that just feels right – an undeniable, natural connection waiting to be explored. And, embracing this relationship encourages good health. Learn more about the benefits of nature from Monroe Village and how you can experience this right within our community.
Connecting to our environment has an overall positive impact on wellbeing, helping people lead happier, healthier lives. Both physical and mental wellbeing are strengthened when spending time outside.
Physically, exposure to green space improves the body’s functions, including a heightened immune system and reduced inflammation, according to ScienceDaily. This leads to positive impacts such as a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and reduced stress. Plus, being outdoors generally entails some sort of physical activity. Whether it be taking a walk on city paths or hiking through wooded trails, actively moving your body is extremely beneficial to overall health.
Even more so than your physical wellbeing – spending time in nature greatly influences mental health. Your mind is sharper and creativity flourishes. Concentration improves, and short-term memory becomes more reliable. Generally speaking, spending time in nature boosts brain health and cognitive function. Spending time outdoors also results in a soothing, calming and rejuvenating effect on people, allowing for a natural meditation used to combat anxiety.
At Monroe Village, there are ample opportunities for you to connect to your surroundings and enjoy the outdoors. Here are a few ways you can delight in nature right in the community:
Resident Shirley Friendlander found home at Monroe. She shared, “The grounds are lovely, the community is comfortable, and the programming is exceptional.” Here, she’s able to live an engaging lifestyle surrounded by beauty. Come see our grounds for yourself – contact us today to schedule your personal tour.