Not only does gardening reward you with an overwhelming sense of pride when your first spring bulbs burst through the winter soil and brighten up your front garden, but what you may not have realised is that it can also have a positive effect on your health and well-being too…
Grow Your Own
Tending to your very own veg patch, herb garden or fruit trees and bushes can not only be one of the most gratifying gardening activities, but one of the tastiest and most nutritional! First of all, you know exactly where your potatoes, tomatoes or strawberries have come from and what exactly, if anything, has been sprayed on them to keep the bugs at bay. Pick straight from the tree or dig up from the ground and voila - add it to your dish and you’re done. There’s no nasty’s in there and depending on which way you serve it you’ll keep all its nutritional value whilst also saving yourself a few pounds on a trip to the local grocery store!
Fitness & Exercise
Gardening has got to be one of the best low impact exercises and what’s more, you don’t have to go to a gym to do it! Just getting out in your garden for 30 minutes a day, whether it be 15 minutes in the morning before work and 15 minutes in the evening, or 45 minutes just a few times a week, gardening can get your blood pumping and your muscles moving. From digging holes and pulling weeds, to pushing a lawnmower or a wheelbarrow, you’d be surprised just how good for your fitness such an enjoyable hobby can be. It’s also great for those who find more vigorous exercise difficult and nifty tricks like raised bed gardening can help avoid injury and prolong our years out in the garden.
Mental Health & Stress Relief
It’s not surprising that gardening has also been proved to do wonders for your mental health and stress levels. As well as the exercise that releases endorphins triggering that happy, positive feeling, the whole idea of getting outside, getting your hands dirty and watching as the seeds you’ve sown grow into beautiful specimens has been proven to decrease stress and help fight symptoms of depression. Satisfy all your senses by planting a combination of scented flowers and flowering and food producing plants, then place a garden chair or bench in a spot where you can sit back, breathe in the fresh air, soak up the vitamin D from the sun and relax.
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