Thinking about transforming your backyard into an area nobody will be able to resist? If yes, then you will probably be interested to know that you can achieve that through a blend of entertainment and health. Here are a few great yard add-ons that will benefit both the mental and the physical well-being of you and your family.
1 – Hammock
A lot of people turn to their backyards as a place where they can unwind from the daily bothers. If you have trees or poles in your yard, consider treating yourself to a nice, sturdy hammock. Enjoying the view of the sky, the rustling sounds of the surrounding plants and the chirping of the nearby birds while relaxing your body is without a doubt an efficient way to let go of stress.
2 – Outdoor kitchen
Have you ever thought how much fun it would be to be able to cook outdoors? This is probably even more true if you spend much of your time cooking for your family. If you live in a house with a backyard, you have the opportunity to make the given wish a reality.
One of the ways to take your chef’s responsibilities outside is to add an outdoor kitchen to your yard. You can allow yourself to carry on with performing your tasks and obligations while making it easier for yourself as you will be working in a much more pleasant environment. Spending more time outside, even when you are working, will help you bring the general feeling of duty closer to a feeling of rewarding responsibility.
Another option to turn this often frustrating and monotonous chore into a tension-free activity is to get a barbeque and make meal preparation a fun family activity. Bonding and relaxing, two things that will surely improve your mood and overall mental state.
3 – Exercise equipment
In case you like to exercise but are not drawn to the idea of doing it stuck between four walls, move this activity out beneath the open skies. Enrich your backyard with proper exercise equipment and everything else you generally need or use to work on your fitness and body strength. Everything you use will be within reach and you will enjoy a much greater sense of space and the ability to move more freely.
4 – Nature’s therapeutic effect
The reason we are often encouraged to spend time in nature is its wildly therapeutic effect on our mind. Its impact is healing, restorative, and soothing, and if you have a backyard, you can experience these benefits yourself. Surround yourself with the smells, colors, and sounds of nature by creating a garden there, adding a waterfall, spring, or a little fountain. All this combined with a lovely hammock makes an excellent oasis where you can diminish or better deal with worry and stress.
5 – Backyard yoga dome
Your backyard is a perfect place to start practicing yoga. Your yoga dome will probably become your most favorite place in the entire home. Because it can be your own form of personal retreat or safe space where you strengthen your body and clear your mind. Thanks to being sheltered, you can spend time there even when it’s raining or windy, the ambiance of which will only make the experience much more pleasant. Depending on the dome’s size, you can even invite your friends and use yoga practice as an opportunity to deepen your social connections.
6 – Swimming pool
A pool is an extremely convenient add-on insomuch as it is equally appealing to adults and little ones. But besides the ability to provide hours of fun on end, one of its most remarkable benefits is that it helps boost health by keeping one physically active. Some of the advantages of swimming are that it’s good for the heart, helps develop and strengthen muscles, endurance, improves posture, contributes to overall body fitness, etc.
Naturally, the choice of the pool will depend on your backyard as well as the safety measures you may have to introduce depending on whether children will also be swimming there or not. If you are completely unsure of what to do and how to incorporate this add-on to your yard, it’s best to consult professionals such as Exterior. You will save yourself the trouble of researching and figuring things out for yourself and making (potentially costly) mistakes and oversights.
7 – “Digital-free area”
This particular add-on is more of an abstract element than an object. Create an area in the backyard or set the rule that the entire yard is a digital-free zone. If you do want to make it slightly more official and interesting, you can put up a fun sign prohibiting the use of such devices in the digiproof area. This will encourage you, your family, and your guests to leave their screens and online adventures inside the house before they step outside, creating a kind of temporary digital detox.
There isn’t exactly a setlist of everything one needs to include in their yard to draw health benefits from it. The items you jot down on that list depend largely on what inspires you and your loved ones to be happier, more fulfilled, relaxed, and physically more active.
Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.