Why Gardening Is Good For You

Your New Year resolutions may well have included losing weight, getting fit and feeling less stressed. Robert Hall advocates gardening as the ideal way to achieve a healthy mind and body, and there are many people who agree with him.

Created by Robert Hall on Thursday, 21st of January, 2016.
Updated on Thursday, 16th of June, 2016.


Why gardening is good for you

There's a recent report from a group of Florida scientists who have discovered that gardening is linked to good mental health.

Their study followed 23 women who gardened twice a week for six weeks, sowing seed, planting bulbs and propagating plants. Subsequent brain scans and psychological observation indicated that they had very much reduced levels of stress, anxiety and anger.

It's said that exercise releases stress relieving endorphins. Christmas, the New Year and a return to work can no doubt be stressful, and gardening can be really helpful in fostering a feeling of well being, restoring your work / life balance.

Gardening has now become a recognised method of treating serious stress related disorders and depression. Sleep patterns and quality improve, self-esteem can also increase by following your horticultural efforts from seed through to maturity.

There is a further theory that gardening reduces the chances of dementia by up to 50%, as time spent outside keeps your brain ticking over, thinking, learning and being creative. 

Let's Get Physical

Last year the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges described how gardening lowered the chances of cancer, diabetes and even hip fractures. This follows a government report that found that lack of exercise contributes to a sixth of UK deaths and that over half of us don't exercise enough.

By exercising through gardening, you'll immediately feel better and get back into shape. Your respiratory and cardiovascular systems are given a thorough work out, and you'll burn over 300 calories per hour, more than a lot of gym work.

Long term this will lessen your chances of obesity and developing a whole range of ailments including heart disease, strokes, diabetes and high blood pressure. Time outdoors also improves you intake of vitamin D that can fend off osteoporosis and other problems.

Your appetite will also definitely increase and luckily gardening encourages a healthier diet as it makes sense that, if you are growing a good variety of vegetables, then you are going to eat these rather than junk food.

Clearly gardening has many benefits, increasing strength and endurance, improving both physical and mental dexterity, and having a calming effect on your lifestyle.

Only 30 minutes a day can have a major effect on your health and well being, so what's stopping you?

 

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