Can Gardening improve your health?

Gardening has countless health benefits. It improves the social, educational, psychological, and physical adjustment of an individual, thus improving his/her body, mind and spirit.
So, you can make your home a heaven by creating a beautiful garden at your door step.

How gardening improves your health?

  • Your garden can create a place of meditation, contemplation and relaxation for you.
  • Gardening helps you fight stress.
  • Gardening is a wonderful form of exercise that is good for your body and mind. Researchers compared gardening to bicycling, aerobics, dancing and weight training. Yard work is the best work shown to be significant for maintaining healthy bone mass.
  • You can shed your extra weight by gardening .Weight-bearing activities such as digging and lifting can build muscle, and aerobic activities such as raking, mowing and hoeing can burn your calories.
  • Gardening involves physical activity for a longer time which reduces the risk of developing heart disease, colon cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, adult onset diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, and depression.
  • Heavy work in garden like raking and digging contributes to both endurance and strengthening exercises, while all those stretches and contortions in the garden can help increase and maintain your flexibility.
  • Gardening directly or indirectly makes you to look intensely at something, and when you bend down to smell something; you bypass the [analytical] function of the mind. You naturally stop thinking, obsessing, worrying. Your senses are awakened, which brings you into the present moment, and this has been shown to be very effective at reducing stress.
  • Gardening allows you to have social interactions with neighbors.
  • Gardening is good for your mind.
  • It is good for the environment and gives you fresh air.

What the researches say about gardening?

  • According to a 2000 University of Arkansas study that compared many forms of exercise, yard work is most significant for preventing osteoporosis in women age 50 and older.
  • Horticultural therapy has been used over the years to improve mobility, balance, endurance, socialization and memory skills
  • Studies have found that looking at scenes of nature can produce a decline in systolic blood pressure.
  • Looking at nature, can aid recovery from stress as measured by changes in brain electrical activity, muscle tension, respiration, and shifts in emotional states, all of which may be linked to better immune function. That, in turn, can protect people from disease and help them recover if they are sick.

Being in nature is completely different from all the worries of modern life. You have a sense of health and regeneration, a completely innocent excitement about all the life that is growing around you, and you know you are part of it. You can experience peace and joy.

Have a great garden and a great life!