Gardening For Improved Health
The Benefits Of Growing A Garden
As summer is in full swing, many people head to their backyards and windowsills to take care of their garden. No matter how big or small, gardening can improve our overall health in many ways. Here are a few health benefits you may experience after getting your hands in the dirt to grow your favorite flower, herb, or vegetable.
- Improved cardiovascular health: Gardening may not seem like the traditional way to get some exercise, but on a hot afternoon you may start to break a sweat and get a great workout by weeding, watering, and planting.
- Fewer anxious feelings: One study in 2017 showed that there is a correlation between gardening and fewer anxious or depressive feelings when done consistently.
- Healthier bones: With more exposure to sunlight while gardening, our body is able to create more Vitamin D which can improve our bone health. Check out Grace’s blog to learn more about the sun and Vitamin D.
- Healthier eating: When we grow our own vegetables at home, we are more likely to eat healthier. Having consistent access to fresh fruits and vegetables can help us get more essential vitamins and minerals into our diets to improve our health.
There are many other benefits to gardening that you may experience when you try it. Don't feel overwhelmed - even if you start with one plant, you can feel these benefits and improve your mental and physical health.