Gardening isn’t just about making your yard look more beautiful—did you know gardening is good for your health?
It offers physical and mental benefits that are enough to entice anyone to take up this hobby.
Here are some of the many benefits of gardening:
Studies have shown that gardening can help reduce stress and mental fatigue. In one study, participants were asked to perform a stressful activity. After completing the activity, half of the participants were told to read for 30 minutes and the other half were told to spend 30 minutes gardening. Both groups experienced a reduction in reported stress levels, but the group that gardened saw a more significant drop.
Can Lower the Risk of Serious Health Conditions
By gardening on a regular basis, you can potentially reduce your risk of developing serious health conditions. Gardening keeps you active and helps you manage your stress levels, which will, in turn, reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions associated with inactive, stressful lifestyles.
Two separate studies found that gardeners were also less likely to develop dementia than people who don’t garden. One study found that the gardeners were 36% less likely to develop dementia, while the second concluded gardeners had a 47% lower risk than non-gardeners.
Of course, I am not a health care professional so it’s always best to seek advice from your doctor if you are at all worried about your health.
Improves Hand Coordination
A study published in HortScience showed that gardening helps you strengthen your grip and improve your hand coordination, which helps with everyday tasks such as carrying groceries, playing with kids, and even driving.
Gardening can increase self-motivation and satisfaction. There is a sense of responsibility for the success of your plants which motivates you to tend to them. Then an immense sense of satisfaction is felt when you see your plants grow and thrive with your attention.
This sense of accomplishment is good for stimulating a person’s mind and releases those ‘happy hormones’ we all naturally crave.
Are you having trouble falling asleep? If so, you may want to consider gardening for a half hour or so every day.
Gardening is a form of physical activity, so it helps you wear yourself down. Plus, it also reduces stress and anxiety that may be contributing to your insomnia.
Boosts Your Immune System
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
Gardening exposes you to beneficial bacteria that are found in the dirt, which can help boost your immune system. A stronger immune system will prevent you from getting sick often and help you fight illnesses faster.
I think this is a pretty great benefit, right?
Grow High-Quality Foods
Many people take up organic gardening so they can grow their own foods.
This is because you can ensure that no harmful pesticides are used in the process. Gardeners have to put extra effort into keeping pests out of their garden without using pesticides, but this is a small price to pay in exchange for healthy, nutritious fruits and vegetables.
As you can see, there are many reasons why you should head outdoors and start gardening. The great thing about gardening is that people of all ages can do it, so there’s no excuse for not reaping the rewards that gardening has to offer.