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Retiring Wild: National Parks and You

对于许多老年人来说, finding time to experience nature can be one of the greatest pleasures in retirement. And what better place to take in America's splendor than one of our over 400 National Park Service sites?1 一个多世纪以来, generations of retirees have explored these stunning landscapes, 惊叹于多样化的野生动物, and discovered the physical benefits of a retirement spent in the great outdoors.2 But recent research suggests that the mental benefits could be even more important for retirees. 继续读下去了解更多.

皮质醇连接

你有过压力山大的一天吗? One that left you tired and irritable? Those feelings are most likely caused by the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol serves an essential purpose in the human body, 帮助调节你的情绪, 动机, 和恐惧. 然而, when someone experiences sustained stress, their elevated levels of cortisol may greatly increase their risk of heart disease, 抑郁症, and even negatively impact their memory.2 幸运的是, multiple studies show that connecting with nature for at least 20 minutes each day may be correlated to significantly lower cortisol levels.3 But the benefits don't stop after 20 minutes. 事实上, longer durations spent in a natural environment, may further enhance feelings of peace and wellbeing as well as increased mental performance.4

一个节俭的选择

The American National Park system is considered by some to be one of the healthiest and financially smart ways to vacation in retirement. After all, of the 417 current National Park Sites, roughly 300 allow free admission.5 For those who want access to everything the National Park Service (NPS) offers, the Lifetime Senior Pass ($80) or the Annual Senior Pass ($20) are both a steal. Regardless of which you purchase, remember that:

  • The Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees, 比如那些与露营有关的, 游泳, and specialized interpretive services.
  • The Senior Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • There may be a service fee depending on how you purchase your pass. 为更多的细节, including the most recent ticket prices, visit the National Park Service website before planning your next trip.

大自然的处方

Even though locations like Yellowstone, 约塞米蒂, and Zion are the most-popular destinations for retirees, many communities benefit from smaller parks and nature preserves as well. For those who haven't hiked or camped much, these local areas can be a great way to get started. Even those with more than a few years of national park experience stand to benefit, 身体上和精神上, from visiting one of their local wildlife areas. So, before you pack your bags and load up the camper, do yourself a favor and look into what your home offers. You may discover that one of the best ways to stay happy, 健康的, 夏普比你想象的要近.

1. 内政部,2018年
2. 科学日报2019年
3. 中央社报道,2019
4. 科学日报2019年
5. 国家公园管理局,2019年

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