There’s a reason why people enjoy gardening. It not only keeps you fit and active, it is good for your mental well-being too. Here are some reasons why gardening is good for your health…
Who needs to join a gym when there’s gardening to be done? Gardeners do more physical activity than non-gardeners. Bending, lifting, stretching, not to mention digging, provides a full workout that releases endorphins that make us feel good.
Growing plants and food is satisfying. You plant a seed, water it and see the results of your efforts quickly. You can eat food that is wholesome and tasty, and enjoy the fact that you grew it yourself.
Over a longer period of time you can see your garden change and evolve, thanks to your own creative endeavours. This brings a sense of achievement. You guessed it, it makes us feel good!
Being outdoors, working the soil and tending plants brings us close to nature, reduces stress levels and lends itself to a positive mind set. The benefits of gardening are so well recognised that garden and other outdoor therapy projects are a often part of treatment and recovery for people with mental health problems.
Gardens are an important part of life. They are an escape from the rat race, a place to relax and unwind. Whether it’s a communal garden, a balcony or an ordinary back garden, the benefits they bring are here to stay!
Just a few minutes of gardening each day is enough to feel the positive effects, so go and soak up some more sunshine (or rain) and enjoy your garden!
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