The beauty of custom landscape design is the opportunity to enhance not only your property but your lifestyle as well. When designing a garden, consider ways it can encourage you to stay active outdoors for a healthier, happier you. Whether you love gardening, yoga, Pilates, swimming, or sports, your garden can be tailored with usable recreational spaces to enjoy these activities.
Gardeners know that tending to plants and beds can be great exercise. As you walk, weed, tend, plant, pick, trim, push carts, and lift bags of soil and mulch, your body is getting a nice, relaxing workout amidst fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun. At the same time, your mind and soul are treated to the benefits of a moving meditation and a connection with nature. Many gardeners can speak about the stress reduction and positive mental shift that can result from this timeless activity. Not to mention it’s great for all ages and levels of physical ability.
Gardens can be designed to feature vegetables, herbs, fruits, orchards, flower patches, perennial sweeps, and potted plants among other interesting vegetation to nurture and care for. Streams, waterfalls, ponds, and fountains can make gardens even more aesthetically pleasing while making it all the more pleasurable to work in the garden. Gardens can even be bolstered to encourage more exercise with features, such as a bench for stretching.
If you are not looking to work on your green thumb, there are other recreational areas you may want to incorporate into your landscape for. Yoga, Pilates, and small exercise equipment like rebounders only require an 8×8-foot space. If you have lots of space to spare and enjoy swimming, a lap pool may be the perfect addition to your landscape. Any of these activities will allow you to strengthen your core and balance and enjoy adrenalin and endorphin releases, while spending quality time with Mother Nature.
No matter what your fitness aspirations, a commitment to being more active outdoors can yield flexibility, self-esteem and strength of body and mind. Think about your short- and long-term goals. What can you build in your outdoor space to achieve them?
A team of professional landscape architects can help you to create and build a custom-designed recreational area in your landscape. Even more, they can make this space multi-purpose or create additional areas so you can have spaces for entertaining, dining, and relaxing.
Contact Dargan Landscape Architect online or by calling 404.231.3889 to learn more about our landscape architecture, build, and design services. Our team of passionate landscape design and architecture experts would love to work with you to create a landscape that improves your personal health and happiness, as well as home value.