The Beauty (and Benefits) of Nature in Your Own Backyard

The Beauty (and Benefits) of Nature in Your Own Backyard

Whether you’re heading out for a scenic bike ride or enjoying a cup of morning coffee out on the porch, spending time in nature is a great way to find peace and quiet amid your busy day.

But what you might not realize is that getting more fresh air can support your physical and cognitive health, too — and that’s especially important as we spend more time “plugged in” to digital media. At The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, our members enjoy getting outdoors as part of their daily routines:

  • A walk in nature. It’s not unusual for Bob and Annette Dahlin to lace up their walking shoes and head out the door, looking for an early-morning adventure or going for a brisk stroll around the 90-acre campus. As Annette puts it: “We’re all about getting off the beaten path and finding something new!” According to researchers, even a 5- or 10-minute walk can be enough to refresh your mind and improve your outlook. With each step, your brain will release “happy chemicals” like serotonin and endorphins that are known to support concentration and short-term memory.
  • A room with a view. Alan Grindal, a retired neurologist, recommends starting every day with a moment of peace in nature: “Here at The Glenridge, I can go outside to my lanai, close my eyes, and just enjoy the quiet.” Even if you’re indoors, having some greenery in your line of sight can offer ample advantages. A variety of studies have shown scenic views and proximity to plants can boost life satisfaction, bolster motivation, and even speed recovery from illness.
  • Tending a garden. For Le Lindquist, every day is a good day to get to work in his garden, which boasts flowers and seasonal vegetables in Florida’s spring and fall growing seasons. “All you have to do is step out into your garden or one of the walking trails for some fresh air,” says Le. “It’s been a real refuge.” Aside from being a great way to get some light exercise, gardening has also been shown to improve memory, reduce stress, and buoy your spirits. Plus, it’s a safe way to get Vitamin D — a mineral that helps you absorb more calcium for stronger bones.

At The Glenridge, we believe a close connection with nature is part of a healthy lifestyle. Our upcoming Northside Neighborhood is also building that philosophy into its design, featuring brand new single-family Club Homes and Villas located amid scenic upland preserves. Escape into nature on one of our walking and biking trails — or in your own back yard.

Premium lots are going quickly — so don’t wait to schedule your personal appointment and tour. Contact our Life Planning Team here, or give us a call at 941-552-5338 to set up your virtual appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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