Healthy Aging | 08/28/19
Humans are meant to spend time in nature, an undeniable connection worthy of our exploration. In fact, studies have even found that there is a connection to our happiness and our connection to our environment. Whether it be a walk in the park or adventuring outside for a picnic, there is a way for you to enjoy the outdoors and soak in the sunlight.
There are plenty of activities at Meadow Lakes that allow you to connect with nature – including gardening. Gardening is a fun, relaxing hobby that anyone is able to try. Join fellow residents in the community garden, or plant flowers and herbs right on your own patio. The best part? Gardening is healthier for you than you may think.
Gardening benefits you socially, mentally and physically. Let’s explore how this hobby aids in promoting a healthier you.
When the weather is clear and sunny, who doesn’t enjoy spending an afternoon outside? Catch up with a friend while exploring the walking trails throughout our grounds and revel in the accredited arboretum surrounding our campus – or learn from your neighbors the best way to tend to your chrysanthemums and perfectly grow basil. Invite a neighbor to plant and tend your garden with you; you may be surprised what tips and tricks they’re willing to share.
Spending time outdoors has a soothing, calming and rejuvenating effect on people. And what better way to take advantage of these benefits than adding to the beauty around you by growing your own flowers, vegetables and herbs? You relax as you tend to your greenery. You practice patience as you wait to see your plants grow. And you experience pride as you survey the work that you’ve accomplished.
You’d be surprised by the impact gardening has on your body. Pulling weeds, twisting and turning to grab plants around you gives you a low-impact workout. This is a perfect solution for those wanting to introduce exercise into their daily lives and work muscles without overwhelming joints. Spending some time in the sun is great for your body too – studies have found that taking in sunlight helps older adults achieve adequate vitamin D levels. Vitamin D increases calcium levels in your body, which boosts your immune system and strengthens your bones. Just be sure to protect your skin from overexposure by applying sunscreen.
At Meadow Lakes, our community is proud of our connection to natural surroundings. LivWell, our holistic approach to wellbeing, focuses on the seven dimensions of wellness – including environmental wellness. Resident Enid Mantell shares, “Living here is living in beauty – especially my apartment. I wake up every morning to a pretty view of the gardens.” Breathtaking views throughout campus are enjoyed by all. Come see for yourself – contact us today to schedule your personal tour.