For a population who spends more and more time seated behind a desk, using technology, and away from nature, more people need to get outside and experience the numerous health benefits of gardening. Get your hands dirty and enjoy the fresh air! Gardening is a novel way to pass the time that just happens to be very good for you too. Gardening can ease your stress levels, keep your body limber and certainly improve your mood.
The impact of stress in our daily lives can be reversed with a form of effortless attention that comes from being outdoors and enjoying nature. The rhythm of life and the repetitive nature of many of the tasks involved in gardening are all examples of effortless attention. Gardening helps improve your mood.
So, should we all toss away our prescription medication and get our hands dirty instead? Experts aren’t necessarily advocating that, but rather suggesting that until now, we’ve spent lots of time along with lots of other friendly microorganisms, and maybe the lack of these long-standing companions has impacted our bodies in ways we’ve yet to understand. Gardening gets you up and outside in the open air. The needs of the garden call for a variety of different movements, bending, digging, weeding and other repetitive activities are a great way to include some low-impact exercise into your life. What’s more, when the gardening’s done, not only have you exercised, but your surroundings look fantastic too.
This makes gardening a workout that people may be more likely to keep up and do on a regular basis. Rather than being an exercise for practice sake, gardening has a purpose and a visible, tangible goal that you can see right away. That’s hard to beat! Gardening encourages proper nutrition. If you’re a vegetable grower, you have the peace of mind knowing that the food grown and put on your table is the freshest you can get. Not to mention being super healthy and delicious. A few studies have concluded that those who garden eat increased amounts of fruits and veggies than those who don’t. Studies of children show that kids who work in the backyard are also more likely to include real foods like fruits and vegetables in their diets, and are more adventurous when it comes to trying new foods.
Gardening is good for the brain too. There’s some evidence that the activity called for in gardening can help bring down the risk of dementia. You don’t need a big garden or tons of experience and specialized tools to experience the health benefits of gardening. You can start with some houseplants or container gardening. While there’s lots of guidance on the Internet and in the bookstores, some of the best advice you’ll find, especially for the beginner, comes from other gardeners. On the web, by using YardYum.com, anyone can start gardening today. Visit local garden clubs, your community garden, or a local farm stand or nursery – these are typically filled with friendly gardeners who will be happy to share what they’ve learned with you.