Exposure to the great outdoors comes with immeasurable health benefits, but as our lives continue to get busier, it becomes harder to spend time outdoors. Start replenishing and refreshing your mind, body, and spirit in a national park.
Research shows we’re spending a lot of time on our phones. Too much. The average American spends nearly five hours a day on his or her phone and the negative health impacts are everywhere, from increased stress and anxiety, to lack of sleep and staying inside on perfectly sunny days. Americans spend approximately 93 percent of their life indoors and 30 percent of Americans do not spend any significant time outdoors on a daily basis.
Spending time in a park can be so much more than a simple day outside. It can be a wonderful opportunity to improve your mental and physical health. You can take a digital detox and recharge by visiting any one of America’s national parks. Get active with a bike ride down a rugged Badlands trail or a canoe trip along the secluded shores of the Grand Canyon. Engage your mind by taking a stroll through history and walk the path of our founding fathers at Independence Hall. No membership required.
Studies show people who take a simple 15-30 minute walk each day in nature have fewer diseases, are less likely to get cancer, have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, and have better bone density. Taking advantage of the health benefits of parks is a win-win and besides, great things are ahead of you when you have your health. So, today is the day to get to a national park and become one with nature.
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National parks protect the best of our natural heritage: stunning landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, and majestic forests. Together with other protected areas they form the basis of America's economic and social well-being, attract millions of visitors annually, and help to protect unique wildlife by acting as a refuge for threatened species. Although their primary purpose is the protection of biodiversity, National Parks also deliver other invaluable economic, social, cultural and health benefits. Future generations deserve the right to see these natural values intact and protected as we do today.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” — John Muir
The preservation of our most magnificent and meaningful places for the purpose of public appreciation and recreation is a uniquely American idea. The Yosemite Grant was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864. And with it, for the first time, the federal government set aside parkland for preservation and public use. This protected landscape includes iconic American features such as Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome Rock, and some of the oldest trees on Earth, the giant Sequoias.
In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established to be “dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”