In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget the importance of spending time outdoors. Yet, stepping outside and immersing ourselves in nature has a host of physical and mental health benefits. From the fresh air to the natural sunlight, the outdoors offers a natural remedy to many of our daily stresses and ailments. In this post you can learn about the benefits of outdoor living and how you can use our bean bags, stock cushion covers and custom cushion covers to create your own oasis.
Physical Health Benefits
Increased Physical Activity
Spending time outdoors naturally encourages physical activity. Whether it’s going for a walk, a run, or participating in outdoor sports, being outside promotes movement and exercise. According to the CDC, the outdoors offers many opportunities to be physically active, which can improve overall health and wellness. Physical activity helps improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles and bones, and aid in weight management.
Vitamin D Production
Exposure to natural sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D, essential for bone health. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is crucial for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone diseases like osteoporosis and rickets. According to HealthHub by HIF, spending time in nature and getting exposure to natural sunlight is one of the psychological benefits of nature.
Mental Health Benefits
Reduced Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Spending time in nature has been linked to reduced stress, anxiety, and depression. According to the American Psychological Association, exposure to nature has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better mood, and reduced risk of psychiatric disorders. The natural surroundings, the fresh air, and the tranquility of nature help calm the mind and improve overall well-being.
Improved Mood and Well-being
The American Heart Association suggests that a stroll in the woods has been shown to help combat depression, and even just the view of the forest from a hospital room helps patients who are feeling down. Nature has a way of uplifting our spirits and improving our mood. The sounds of birds chirping, the rustling of leaves, and the sight of greenery all contribute to a sense of peace and happiness.
Encouraging Outdoor Time
Creating a Comfortable Outdoor Living Space
To encourage more time spent outdoors, it’s important to create a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space. Australian Outdoor Living discusses the health benefits of spending more time in your backyard and creating a comfortable outdoor living space. You can also get tips here:
- 7 ideas to improve your outdoor entertaining space
- Transform Your Space: Elevate with Large Outdoor Cushions for a Stunning Patio Oasis
- How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space, Even in Winter
Stylish and Functional Bean Bags
Our Outdoor bean bags and custom-made outdoor patio cushion covers are not only functional but also add a touch of style to your outdoor living space. They provide comfortable seating for relaxing, reading a book, or spending time with family and friends. Custom-made cushion covers can be tailored to fit your outdoor furniture and match your decor, creating a cohesive and stylish look.
Encouraging Outdoor Time for Kids in Australia
In a world dominated by screens and electronics, it’s more important than ever to encourage kids to spend time outdoors. Spending time outside promotes physical activity, creativity, and a connection to nature. Here are some tips to get kids outside more and off electronics:
- Set Screen Time Limits: Limit the amount of time kids spend on electronics each day and encourage them to spend time outside instead.
- Plan Outdoor Activities: Plan fun outdoor activities for the whole family, such as hiking, biking, or playing sports.
- Create an Outdoor Play Area: Create a comfortable and inviting outdoor play area with outdoor bean bags and other outdoor toys.
- Encourage Outdoor Play: Encourage kids to play outside with friends or participate in outdoor sports and activities.
Our website offers outdoor bean bags for kids, which can be taken outside and used in the outdoor play area. These bean bags provide comfortable seating for kids to relax, read a book, or play games outside. (We have our TIMEOUT Bean bag for smaller/primary school kids, and the METIME for older children)
Spending time outdoors has a host of physical and mental health benefits. It promotes physical activity, helps produce vitamin D, reduces stress,anxiety, and depression, and improves mood and overall well-being. To encourage more time spent outdoors, it’s important to create a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space. Outdoor bean bags and custom-made cushion covers can help create a cozy and stylish outdoor oasis.
Ready to create your outdoor oasis?
Ready to create your outdoor oasis? Shop our range of outdoor beanbags and outdoor cushions and start enjoying the benefits of outdoor living today. Or contact us to discuss how we can help. You can also read about our outdoor fabrics.