Did you know that July is Park and Recreation Month?

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Did you know that July is Park and Recreation Month?

July 16, 2020

Did you know that July is Park and Recreation Month?

photo of park with people walking, biking and sittingIn celebration, the Connections IN Health team wants to share with you the benefits of getting out into nature!

 Nature makes you…

 Smarter

Walking through nature improves cognitive function and memory. A simple twenty-minute walk can improve concentration and improve academic performance.

Stronger

Did you know that exercising in nature leads to greater health benefits than performing the same activity indoors? Not to mention, individuals are more likely to repeat being active when they exercise outside.

Healthier

There many health benefits that come with even the simplest activities in nature. A thirty-minute visit to a park can improve heart health and circulation as well as lower cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure levels. Walking in nature reduces inflammation and boosts your immune system, decreasing your risk of certain diseases and cancers. Observing animals and listening to birdsongs in nature has also shown to reduce stress and improve mood. Even the aromas from wood and plants have calming effects.

Happier

Frequent exposure to nature has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression as well as promoting a sense of wellbeing and fulfillment. Just a five-minute walk can improve relaxation and self-esteem.

As you see, the benefits of being in nature are endless! For more information on what nature can do for you and the evidence to prove it, visit the National Park Service’s website.

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