A simple, ancient concept – that nature is good for us – is finally receiving the recognition it deserves, and for good reason. Here are just a few alarming statistics:
- By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is projected to live in cities.
- According to a study sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of his or her time indoors.
- Americans now spend more time on social media per day than they do asleep.
- Compared to rural residents, researchers have found that urbanites are 21 percent more likely to have anxiety disorders and 39 percent more likely to have mood disorders.
- A 2017 meta-analysisTrusted Source found that rates of PTSD, anger management, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia and paranoia and other mental health conditions were higher among those living in urban areas.
- Urbanization is one of the most important drivers of the global rise in obesity.
- A 2017 study suggests too much exposure to air pollution and city noise may cause damage to a person’s cardiovascular health.
- In a survey of more than 15,000 individuals, researchers at Stanford University found that the bright lights of a city can dampen a person’s ability to get a good night’s rest.
In summary, while cities are amazing for many reasons (art, food, friends, culture, etc.) they do pose some very real mental, physical and emotional health risks that are worth combatting. And while it would be a gross oversimplification to claim that time outside in nature cures all, there is a growing consensus among health and science professionals that time spent in nature is incredibly good for us.
Studies have proven consistently, across cultures, that spending time in a forest can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger; strengthen the immune system; improve cardiovascular and metabolic health; reduces the risk of type II diabetes; lower blood pressure; increases sleep duration; limits premature death and preterm birth; and boost overall well-being.
Here at Huso Lodge, we are incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by nature. We feel the benefits of our natural setting every day, and are inspired to share the mountains, tress, lakes and trails with our guests. Please come visit and when you do, perhaps bring one of the books pictured above. Nothing can beat reading about the benefits of nature while sitting on a rock, next to a stream beneath a canopy of tress.
“May your time in nature lead you to yourself.” – Shikoba
“Time spent amongst tress is never time wasted” – anonymous