All the benefits of indoor plants

Spring. Time for walks, picnics in the park, first evenings outdoors and training outside the walls of the gym for those who do not even think about it in winter. Even lovers of the cold seasons can’t deny it: spending more time outside the home, outside the office or any other built environment is a real liberation: a breath of air, which invigorates the body and lifts the mood. On the other hand, the need to live in contact with nature is written in our DNA as human beings, and the routine imposed by urban life has only confirmed this.
Several cities are already making efforts to take shelter, making urban spaces more liveable, which are designed for well-being. However, since significant and large-scale change can take a long time to materialise, you might be asking yourself if the only effective solution is to choose to live outside the city. Well – we know it is not the only answer.

Bringing nature into the home with indoor plants

The introduction of all kinds of plants in interiors, especially in homes but also in offices, is a trend that today appears to be constantly growing. Surely, the sensitivity to beautiful spaces developed in particular by social media based on photography has played a far from indifferent role in the affirmation of this trend, but reducing everything to the aesthetic factor would mean leaving aside a fundamental element of the question. In short, it can be said that the trend of the houseplant has merged two trends of a higher level: the almost maniacal attention to the aesthetics of the spaces, and the increasing awareness of people about wellness, from which naturally derives the desire to make their own lifestyle oriented to well-being.

Spending most of your time, when not all of your days, in built environments and poor green areas has a negative effect on physical and mental health is so well know.

In short, far from understanding plants only as a decoration, city dwellers have begun to see them as one of the immediate solutions to improve their quality of life. And certainly not without reason: the benefits of introducing natural elements into the home, or any other space surrounded by walls and covered by a roof, are numerous and, in some cases, even unexpected.

The benefits of indoor plants

When it comes to the health benefits of plants, the first thing that comes to mind is the improvement of the quality of the air that comes from oxygen production. In fact, the contribution that plants can make to people's health and well-being has to do above all with the quality of what we breathe. But plants do not only improve air quality by producing oxygen: first of all, the activity of absorbing CO2, which is fundamental for the life of plants, must of course be mentioned, but we must not forget their role in regulating humidity levels and in absorbing chemical compounds that are harmful to humans, such as formaldehyde.
In addition, numerous studies have found that living near plants increases levels of productivity, concentration, creativity and relieves stress, ensuring a higher level of generalised well-being. And, perhaps unexpectedly, plants seem to be an excellent ally also for training.

Indoor plants and training

We have just seen: plants increase productivity, which is a considerable benefit for those who can only spend a few hours a week on training and therefore want to get the most out of it. By absorbing the background noise and airborne toxins that cause various physical problems, especially headaches, the plants allow you to concentrate on what you are doing and engage in training without distractions or discomforts.
In addition, plants seem to have a very positive effect of strengthening the immune system. It has been studied especially in a hospital setting: by reducing stress and anxiety levels, plants can help patients recover from a traumatic illness or episode. Similarly, there are those who have proposed to introduce green elements, such as plants or even instruments made of natural materials, in the training of athletes who need to recover quickly after a particularly demanding performance or training, if it is not possible to train outdoors.
Between swimming pools, showers and saunas, gyms and fitness centres tend to have very high levels of humidity in the air. Plants, it was said, are extraordinarily useful in regulating humidity, but they can help to make gyms healthier and more pleasant places in another way: training equipment emits CO2, whose levels naturally increase as the number of people present increases, and it is clear that in this even a plant can make a difference, significantly improving the quality of the air.

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