Numerous studies show that spending more time outside is really good for us. Doing so improves mental and emotional health. Usually, because we are more active when we are outside, our physical health also benefits. One way is to spend more time in the garden.
However, many people feel that they do not have enough spare time to get out and about more. They find getting ready to go to the park, or for a walk a bit of a bind. Plus, in some areas going out after dark is not a particularly good idea. So, they stay in more than they would like. Fortunately, you do not have to go through all of that hassle to be able to spend more time outdoors. You just have to spend more time in your garden or yard. That is by far the easiest way to spend more time enjoying fresh air and communing with nature. You just need to make a few changes.
Install some lighting
Very few people enjoy sitting in the dark, so installing some lighting is essential. As you can see here, there is plenty of choice. The right lights can make your garden look more attractive and turn it into a more practical space to be in.
For example, adding lighting to your table area means you can potentially read and eat outside. In fact, why not agree to have at least one family meal a week in the garden. You do not necessarily have to cook the food outside. But, it somehow it tastes nicer if you do.
Create a cooking area
If you do not already have outdoor cooking facilities, setting something up is a very good idea. It does not necessarily have to be a barbecue. Pizza ovens do not take up much space and they are great fun to build. You can cook so much more than pizza in them. The food tastes divine and cooks really fast, so most of the nutrients are still locked in.
Install some form of heating
For the winter months, you will need some form of outdoor heating. Patio heaters are readily available, but they are not the only option. If you have the space building a fire pit is an option. The only problem with both of these is that a high percentage of the heat is wasted. That is why it is well worth your while taking a look at the very latest trend, heated patio furniture. You can read all about them here.
Create some natural screening
Strategically planted trees and hedges are surprisingly effective at turning a draughty corner into a cozy spot. It is also relatively easy to create suntraps. Both features look attractive and have the potential to add to the diversity of insects, plants, and wildlife that can live in your garden.
Invest in outdoor play equipment
Simple things like buying a trampoline or setting up a goal post are great ways to encourage your children to go out and play. Swings are particularly good. If you install one when your child is young it is surprising how long they will continue to use it as they grow. Many teenagers go out to sit on their old swing to chat to friends or read their messages. It becomes a place that they are habitually drawn to when they want to spend a bit of time away from everyone else.
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