Spending quality time in nature together is great for the whole family — it’s been proven to strengthen family bonds by improving a sense of togetherness and cohesion, a recent study from the University of Illinois found. Although nature has powerful mental and physical health benefits, children today are spending less time outdoors and therefore missing out on its wonders. A family visit to Bath City Farm is the perfect opportunity to bond, get fresh air and vitamin D, and relieve stress.
A chance to unplug
It’s now the societal norm for adults and children alike to be continually plugged into their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. As parents know, arranging quality family time free from this addictive and distracting gadgetry is challenging. Spending technology-free time together out in nature is the perfect solution — and it’s far from boring. For example, at Bath City Farm, you can explore the history trail, which spans roughly one mile and takes 45 minutes to finish. You’ll have so much fun looking at real fossils and exploring the replica air raid shelter from World War II that you won’t miss your devices.
Physical health benefits
Being in nature has great health benefits — simply because you’re getting more exercise than you would get sitting on the sofa. Regular daily exercise can boost your metabolism, aid weight loss, reduce inflammation, and lower your risk for serious medical concerns like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Additionally, vitamin D from sun exposure is essential for a healthy immune system, strong bones, and reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact, vitamin D deficiency can be common with people who spend a lot of time indoors and live in cities where buildings block sunlight. Getting out in nature often is essential for healthy vitamin D levels.
Being in nature also boosts mental health by reducing stress and depression. In one study by Landscape and Urban Planning, levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) were measured in adults. Participants living in greener, more remote areas were found less likely to be affected by daily stressors in everyday life compared to those who live in urban parts. Temporarily forgetting about the responsibilities of work or school and connecting with nature with your family is enough to boost anyone’s mood.
A family day out at Bath City Farm is just what you need as a family. It’s the perfect opportunity to strengthen bonds, get some sunshine and fresh air, and relieve stress.
This blog post was kindly written by Jennifer Dawson.