If you’re interested in growing a garden so you have access to fresh vegetables all season long, you will be even happier to know that the benefits of starting a garden extend well beyond having healthy food at your fingertips. Let’s explore 5 amazing health benefits of gardening that will motivate you to keep your hands dirty.
Could gardening be the solution to many of our modern-day woes? Mounting evidence suggests that direct experience with nature offers a wide range of health benefits. In fact, it can transform us both mentally and physically.
So, what do we gain from simple gardening?
Gardening Keeps You Active
According to WebMD, you burn about 200-400 calories per hour. Gardening is a great way to get your whole body moving. As you plant, weed and water, you’re putting your whole body to work. Most gardening tasks are moderate-intensity exercises so you can burn calories without putting too much strain on your body.
Increases Vitamin D
Sunshine on the skin increases your vitamin D levels, which in turn increases your calcium levels, which is necessary for a strong immune system and bones. Vitamin D may also protect against heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, cancer, and other diseases.
As nice as all this sounds, however, don’t forget to load up on sunscreen and wear a protective hat or sunglasses. Your body will thank you for it later!
Rough day at work? Don’t take it out on your spouse — go to the garden! One of the main mental health benefits of gardening is its ability to relieve stress. Gardening requires a lot of physical activity and helps to release a group of feel-good hormones known as endorphins, which makes you feel relaxed and satisfied. Also, being outside in sunlight is an instant mood booster.
Growing your own fruit and vegetables will not only let you experience better-tasting food but you will also save money on the prices you might pay at organic farmer’s markets or even the supermarkets. If you concentrate on growing crops that you enjoy eating and particularly on those that are more cost-effective to grow (like broccoli, tomatoes, or lettuce), you will save money.
Gardening Builds Community
Consider being part of a community garden project. Community gardens are a great place to meet neighbors and build connections. It also provides opportunities to meet new people, share pearls of wisdom, enjoy moments of connection, and feel as though you are part of a larger community.
Did these gardening health benefits inspire you to be a green thumb? I’d love to hear your thoughts at email@example.com. Also, be sure to read Nature’s Impact on Our Well-being for more information on the great outdoors. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Heart & Soul newsletter in order to receive more great blog tips straight to your inbox each Friday.