Gardening is good for you in so many ways, it is a way to help both body and mid. Did you know simply being in the garden can lower your blood pressure? If you want to find out five other interesting ways gardening is good for you keep on reading.
1) Less Chance of Obesity
All that work in the garden pays off in more ways than one. A study by the American Journal of Public Health showed that female gardeners were 46% less likely to be overweight than their neighbours and male gardeners were 62% less likely. Depending on the intensity of the work done, gardening can be a work out. This is no wonder as according to The American Council on Exercise, gardening burns approximately 300 calories an hour. Doing just three hours of gardening is like doing one hour of intense exercise at the gym.
2) Better Diet
Gardeners tend to have a better diet for the simple reason that people who grow more fruit and vegetables consume more fruit and vegetables. Your own fruit and vegetables will have higher nutrients and less pesticides than store-bought. If you’re eager to get a better diet keep an eye out for our upcoming blog on ‘Eating From Your Garden’.
3) Stress Relief & Improved Sleep
Gardeners will know that when they’re in their garden, their mind has a chance to wander and relax. There’s a very good reason for these feelings as gardening is more effective at reducing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Allotment gardeners tend to be even less stressed. Another reason for gardeners better moods might actually be in the soil they garden in. The beneficial bacterium in the soil can make us happier. Mycobacterium vaccae, which lives naturally in soil, has been found to trigger the release of serotonin, which lifts mood. This reduction in stress combined with physical activity means that you’ll be able to fall asleep quicker and have a deeper rest.
4) Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Not only does gardening improve your physical wellbeing, it can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that gardening can cut your risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%. Another study found that gardeners has up to 20% increase in memory retention due to being around plants.
5) Therapeutic Effects
These mental and physical benefits of gardening are being used to help others through horticultural therapy. A report by BordBia showed that engaging others with gardening is shown improve ‘memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization’. Horticultural therapy has been shown to help inmates, dementia patients and the elderly.
Now that you know why gardening is good for you there’s no excuse not to to get out into your garden and start healing. If you’re looking for ideas on what to do with your garden, check out our autumn garden checklist.
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