What Your Garden Can Do For Your Health

By Jasmine Smith | March 31, 2016
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by Jasmine Smith
March 31, 2016

As a nation, we’ve never been more health-conscious. Not a day goes by where health scares and doctoral recommendations aren’t plastered across the news. Ashamed to say, we’re all guilty of fad dieting and trying out the latest obscure methods of improving our well-being, but did you know, something as simple as gardening can work wonders for your health, both physically and mentally.

Socialize

Some people might regard gardening as a solitary activity. However, do not underestimate its social power. There’s a number of different communal projects for you to get involved in and local gardening clubs to sign up to.  Also, gardening is a great opportunity to reach out to neighbors and get to know them over hanging-baskets and flower beds – and a bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone.

Not only is it nice to make friends with like-minded people with whom you have a lot in common, but social interaction is proven to reduce stress, boost memory and enhance intelligence, all of which can lead to a longer and happier life.

Escape

In contrast to facilitating a more happening social life, your garden can serve as a place to escape and provide a temporarily breakaway from life’s many stresses. Outdoor nooks are a great contribution to your garden for times when you could benefit from a little alone time.

Solitude can allow you to unwind and recharge your battery. This can result in improved levels of concentration, an enhanced ability to solve problems, and an enriched relationship with yourself and other people.

Find a sense of purpose

Creating your outdoor nook or bringing your garden to life can give you something to focus on and provide you with a sense of purpose, particularly for those of you who are perhaps retired or working less, for whatever reason.

Greenhouses are a great installment to your garden if you’re looking for a project to keep you busy. You’ll benefit from enhanced skills such as time keeping and patience and have a chance to draw on your creativity.

Eat fresh produce

Having a greenhouse can serve two purposes; in addition to providing you with a something to look after, the fruit and vegetables you grow can be incorporated into your diet. Fresh produce is a good source of nutrients and vitamins. Using home-grown ingredients will also give you a feeling of reward and satisfaction.

Breathe in the fresh air

Unfortunately, spending time outdoors is something we don’t tend to do much of anymore. But in doing so, we’re missing out on a whole host benefits to our health.

Taking in the fresh air is proven to boost our immune systems, reduce our levels of stress and give us a surge in energy, more so than caffeinated drinks which are renowned as being detrimental to our health.

Stay active

Gardening tasks that require movement are a great way to stay active and mobile. Some of you might not think that pulling weeds and shoveling dirt are particularly taxing, but the bending and reaching action that this requires can significantly improve your strength, flexibility and stamina.

Some of the more intricate jobs involved in gardening are a good way to maintain dexterity and improve the movement of your hands and fingers.

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