Gardening is much more than growing your own fruits, vegetables, or flowers. Of course, growing your own food is a rewarding experience in itself, but there is much more to gardening than you might realize.
According to health experts, gardening can boost your health significantly.
And, gardening doesn’t only boost your physical health, it can boost your mental well-being, as well.
Read on to discover five surprising health benefits of gardening.
5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Gardening
1. Physical Exercise
We might as well start off with the obvious. . . gardening offers exceptional, low-impact, aerobic exercise. The amount of exercise you will get depends on how big your garden is and how much work it requires to get it ready and to maintain it.
Gardening requires a lot of bending and some lifting. Therefore, be sure to bend at your knees and don’t use your back for lifting. Inappropriate lifting is a sure way to get hurt.
Correct Lifting Techniques:
- While lifting, keep your feet shoulder length apart
- Squat down, bending at the knees and hips only
- Keep your back straight
- Slowly lift while straightening your knees and hips
- Be sure to hold your load as close to your body as possible
- If you need to turn while carrying your load, lead with your hips and keep your shoulders aligned with your hips at all times
- To set down your load, slowly squat while bending your knees and hips only
Also, digging, planting, and weeding offer various low impact exercises. Be sure to not only lift correctly but do some stretching before and after gardening to loosen up some and to reduce the risk of injury.
2. Relieves Stress
Gardening allows you to spend time outdoors in the sunshine and to get fresh air. Furthermore, it allows you to be─and to feel─more productive, in a positive light.
Gardening will leave you with a positive vibe because nurturing a plant from seedling to fruit bearing and being able to feed yourself and your family feels fabulous.
After a hard day’s work at the office or caring for the kids, spending some time nurturing your plants can help to alleviate the day’s stresses.
3. Healthier Food for You and Your Family
Those who grow their own food tend to eat healthier than those who do not.
Furthermore, home gardens are filled with nothing but organic fruits and vegetables. You know that no harmful pesticides were used─what else could you ask for?
Additionally, homegrown food is said to taste much better than store-bought produce!
4. Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D
Gardening gets you into the sunlight on a daily basis. Sunlight is the best source of natural vitamin D.
Vitamin D is needed to promote bone growth, support bone health, absorb calcium, plus many other bodily functions.
Those low in vitamin D risk heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and some forms of cancer.
5. Become One With Nature
Many people consider gardening to be a spiritual quest─or to become one with nature.
This could be because you are cultivating plants from seeds, then nurturing them to become fully grown and to produce food.
You are a part of this growing, natural process, and when you consume your fruits and vegetables from the plants that you nurtured, it feels as if you are truly connected to nature.
Gardening, tending to, and nurturing plants is soothing and has a good impact on your health. If you find it hard to start, don’t worry! You can begin on a small patch of land. Or, start by sowing plants in containers which can be easier to tend to.
No matter what size plot or how many containers you garden, the point is just to do it so that you can reap the many rewards and live a healthier life!
How does gardening boost your health? Let us know in the comments below!
And, if you found this information useful, share it with your friends and family so that they too can discover the health benefits of gardening!
Robin, and the Zen team.
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
Photos Sources: Pixabay.com