Gardening isn’t just about making your house look good. There are many physical and mental health benefits of gardening. Not only can it reduce mental health problems like depression and anxiety, but it can also reduce stress and combat high blood pressure, as well as improve overall fitness.
Yes, believe it or not, you can burn up to 300 calories doing an hour of light gardening. Wielding the how and trimming the edges are a great alternative to the gym.
LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
We live in a stressful world. As you step away from from your everyday life in the garden you will find peace and relaxation that will help contribute to control high blood pressure. Had a rough day? Get in your garden and let the stress melt away.
It always feels good to accomplish new tasks, and if you can grow a garden what can’t you do?
MAKES YOU HAPPY
Growing your own plants can boost your mood! Getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase serotonin levels. This is a happy chemical, a natural anti-depressant that can strengthen our immune system.
As gardening can be seen as a solo activity, it an also be a great opportunity for bonding with your family and friends. Gardening is especially beneficial for kids. Early exposure to dirt has been linked to long-term health benefits, from reducing allergies to autoimmune diseases.
Spring is here! Now is the perfect time to start paying attention to your garden. Get outside and take a breath of fresh air, it will do you some good.