We all love being outdoors, especially somewhere as peaceful and beautiful as Springbrook! Often our best memories are in a forest or at a seashore, or just being outside, so it's no surprise that there are also significant health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature.
Springbrook Nature Center offers 3 miles of hiking trails, several benches along the way, lookout areas and even a Meditation Garden. Enjoy both quiet time in nature and mild exercise - everything you need to re-energize.
Here are a few scientifically-measured health benefits from being one with nature:
Children scored better than usual with their attention span after being outside. Nature is a proven coping tool for ADD & ADHD - the greener the setting, the less severe their symptoms.
Playing in nature settings enhances social, cognitive, emotional and physical development of children.
Being outdoors alleviates symptoms of anxiety, depression and psychosomatic illness (including irritability, insomnia, tension, headaches and indigestion).
Higher amounts of exposure to natural environments achieve lower levels of general stress; reduction in muscle tension and skin conductance; and improves ability to recover from stressful episodes.
It also enhances and speeds recovery from surgery and diseases.
A natural environment reduces psychosis and substance abuse. Increased levels of time in nature also leads to a reduction in heart disease risk factors, increased immunity function and reduced resting heart rate.
It improves feelings of peace, self-awareness, self-esteem, connectedness, and positively affects mood state by reducing negative feelings including anger, fear, anxiety and frustration.
Neighborhood based nature activities promote a sense of community, sense of place, enhance social ties and improves quality of life. It also restores capacity for concentration and attention.
Nature provides a place for reflection and clarification of personal values.