Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture.While taking care of your career and making sure that you are both professionally and personally fulfilled, it’s still important to look after yourself. Gardening has many health benefits, it’s good for the mind,body and soul. The following are some of the reasons why gardening is good for your health;
It is good for the body:
Helps a person become more active;
Gardening actually burns a lot of calories. Just a couple hours in the garden is the same as working out hard in the gym for an hour depending on the intensity of the work. The main difference is it’s way more fun, and at the end of it you will feel de-stressed, have some lovely plants to look at, and maybe even some tasty and organic food to eat.
Less chance of obesity and lower BMI;
According to one study,gardening reduces the likelihood of obesity in women by 46% and for men by 62% ,community gardeners have lower BMIs than non gardeners,for male gardeners it’s by 2.36 and for female gardeners by 1.84.
People who grow more fruits and vegetables tend to eat more fruits and vegetables which leads to better health.
Happier bacteria and better health outlook;
The beneficial bacterium in the soil can make us happier. Mycobacterium vaccae, which lives naturally in soil, has been found to trigger the release of serotonin,which lifts mood. 75% of gardeners rate their health as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.
It’s good for the mind:
Gardening is also a great way to take your mind off things and destress after a hard day’s work. Compared to indoor reading,gardening is more effective at reducing the level of cortisol,the stress hormone. Those who garden have far lower stress levels than those who do not. This is because when you are tending to plants or taking care of food, you are in your own little world. Taking care of our mental health is something far too few of us do, but gardening is a fun and productive way that you can do this.
Gardening requires skills that can protect the brain against ageing like visuospatial skills, executive functioning and memorisation which leads to better brain health and improved memory, according to a study up to 20% of the increase in memory retention is due to being around plants,36%: the reduction rate of dementia risk for regular gardeners.