An Outdoor Living Space Provides Surprising Health Benefits
Consider contracting a local reputable builder before you start designing to ensure you take full advantage of your available space. Depending on your area, you will need to know of any city by-law restrictions, placement options, requirements for water and fire features, and possible amenities.
According to the University of East Anglia, exposure to green space reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.
Analyzing over 140 studies involving 290 million people, researchers studied the health of people with little access to green spaces compared to that of people with the highest amounts of exposure. Their findings show significant and measurable health benefits.
Exposure to health-promoting environments is recognized as both preventing and helping treat disease. With a reduction in diastolic blood pressure and heart rate, and a significant reduction in the physiological stress marker salivary cortisol, exposure to outdoor green space provides meaningful health benefits.
The health benefits of the great outdoors: A systematic review and meta-analysis of greenspace exposure and health outcomes' is published in the journal Environmental Research on 2018 6 July.