Its landscapes, its light, its pure air, feeling tiny in the face of its immensity, breathing it in, recharging your batteries... Nature is full of secrets and is excellent for our physical and mental health. Whether it's a walk in a park, a hike in the mountains or a swim in a lake, nature can help us feel better and improve our well-being. Here are just some of the health benefits of nature:
1. STRESS & ANXIETY REDUCTION
Nature can help reduce stress and anxiety by providing us with a calm and soothing environment. Studies have shown that simply looking at natural landscapes can reduce stress. 20 minutes in contact with nature is enough for our bodies to lower their levels of cortisol
- the stress hormone. Nature also stimulates our brain. It helps us to relax and concentrate by giving us better attention. It improves our mood and releases
2. IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH
Nature can help improve mental health by reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It reduces negative emotions. It calms the mind.
3. IMPROVING PHYSICAL HEALTH
Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting... Nature can help improve physical health by offering a wide variety of outdoor activities. These activities strengthen muscles, improve physical condition and burn calories. Nature can also help to reduce the symptoms of certain illnesses, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. At altitude, the production of red blood cells is increased. This improves oxidation in the body. So you can see that after a stay in the mountains you have more energy.
4. IMPROVED QUALITY OF SLEEP
By reducing stress and anxiety, nature can help improve sleep quality. In fact, we say that it's 'good tiredness' when we've spent a day outdoors, in nature. Sleep is then more restorative.
5. BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Nature can help strengthen the immune system by exposing us to harmless bacteria and viruses that can help boost our immunity.
Spending time in nature is good for our mental and physical health. It's a great place to recharge your batteries. If you were still in any doubt, we can confirm that taking a holiday in the mountains is good for your health! So... see you soon in Annecy for a swim in the lake or in La Clusaz for a great hike! Or maybe even both...;)