With wellness now a part of our diets, workouts, and mindsets, it’s natural that we would start to yearn for it in our living spaces. So perhaps it’s no surprise that wellness is wending its way into architecture, construction, and interior design, retooling our indoor environments for optimum health and happiness.
Americans spend most of their time inside (90 percent of the day, for the majority of us). But being shut in—often in buildings with poor air quality, artificial light, and background noise—can lead to a range of health problems, from migraines to asthma to cardiovascular disease stemming from inactivity and the rampant rates of obesity that correspond to it. The emotional toll can be equally high, with effects like disrupted sleep cycles and decreased sense of well-being.
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