Gardening For Your Health
There are so many people who love to garden. Whether they like to grow their own food, be outdoors, or create something, garden is a fun past time for so many!
Did you know that gardening has several health benefits beyond eating natural foods?
Spending time watering your plants in your raised bed garden or putting down soil can help lower your blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says you should get at least 30 minutes of mild exercise a day and gardening can help contribute to that!
Gardening can be a great stress reliever. We spend so much time on electronics that spending time outside can be a good mental break to help your mind unwind. Relaxing under the sun will make your stress melt away. According to a study in Preventive Medicine Reports, experts found a positive correlation between gardening and reduction of depression and anxiety. So next time you are trying to relax try putting down your phone and picking up a rake! Whether you are working in your raised bed garden or adding landscape edging to your lawn, it can be so beneficial for your yard and your health!
When you spend time outside in the sun your body soaks up lots of Vitamin D. When your body absorbs Vitamin D, it also helps to build your immune system. Vitamin D deficiency is a large problem in places where the sun doesn’t come out so much. Spending time outside, even a few minutes each day, can help overcome this!
Gardening can be a large responsibility since you have to tend to it nearly every day. It can give people a sense of worth when they have to take care of something in their raised garden bed. When you have something that needs everyday attention, it can help with mental health issues as it gives a sense of purpose. On top of that, it can be a distraction from the real world as gardening can take up lots of time if you want it too.
If you have children, the garden is a great place to teach them about their different senses. The colors, smells, and textures of all the different plants can really show a child the entirety of their sensory system. It is also a great place to teach them about where their food comes from. You can turn it into a neat lesson about how their food gets from the garden to their plates.
Studies have shown that gardening could reduce your risk of dementia. Engaging in physical activity helps to keep your body and your mind active especially if you are older. Gardening can be as easy or as strenuous as you want, but any level of activity is good for your body!
Being in your garden can provide so many benefits both physically and mentally. It is such a great activity because anyone can do it. All you need is some soil and seeds!
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