Gardening For Well-Being Why Gardening Is Good For Your Health
Is gardening good for your health? The short answer is Yes! Undoubtedly. Ask any gardener and they will tell you that gardening is good for you. Let’s take a closer look at the huge array of reasons why gardening is good for your Health and why everyone should be gardening for well-being.
Gardening for well-being is one of the best reasons to get out into a garden, whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours.
Your physical and mental well-being vastly improves and what’s more…it’s free!
You don’t even have to do any gardening, visiting a garden is healthy too, being out in the fresh air amongst trees, plants and flowers will increase your feeling of well-being, your mood will be happier and calmer.See here for gardens near you.
The next time you’re feeling low, or work/family issues are causing your stress levels to sky rocket or aches and pains are making you miserable, get out into the garden. You may be surprised at how much better you will feel.
Studies show that physical health, fitness and mental capacity all improve from being outdoors and performing gardening tasks.
- Planting a tray of seeds Improves coordination and can ward off anxiety and depression.
- Pruning with secateurs or loppers Improves muscle strength and muscle structure.
- Scarifying a Lawn Tones muscles and helps with weight loss.
- Mowing a Lawn Tones muscles and helps with weight loss. This type of exercise can also decrease the chances of heart disease.
- Grow some of your own vegetables Eating homegrown vegetables and fruit helps you enjoy a healthy diet.
Gardening For Well-Being Why Gardening Is Good For Your Health
Not only are you keeping your garden looking great, you will look and feel fitter and healthier too.
All the above activities improve balance, the best treatment for balance issues is exercise.
Awkward tasks such as handling seeds and seedlings hone dexterity skills, not only good for an elderly gardener but these tasks also teach children fine motor skills, essential to their development.
Coordination is vastly improved by regular gardening activity.
Gardening gets us outside, breathing fresh air and doing exercise thereby increasing Cardio fitness without the need for pricey gym memberships!
Gardening For Better Health and Wellbeing
By planting trees, plants, shrubs, or growing houseplants we increase the air quality around us. People working in an office that has indoor plants are more productive than workers in offices that don’t have any plants around them.
Being out in the sunshine, absorbing vitamin D is vital for healthy bones, studies show that 1 in 5 adults don’t get enough vitamin D. People with gardens and / or allotments are healthier than people living in UK cities.
Growing vegetables, fruit or fruit trees improves your diet, gardeners are more inclined to eat plenty of fruit and veg, especially if they have grown it themselves. Schoolchildren who have access to a school allotment or garden are more willing to eat fruit and veg and try different ones.
Gardening keeps your mind alert and can help fight dementia. Dementia sufferers are calmer and less aggressive when they are able to visit gardens.
Energy levels are increased by gardening activity.
Gardening aids healthy sleep patterns.
Self esteem is higher in both adults and children after just a few hours work in a garden.
We feel a fantastic sense of purpose and of pride when tasks are complete, or when we see seedlings grow into beautiful flowering plants. Allotmenteers feel pride at bringing home food for their family and friends, also at allotments there is huge sense of community, helping with self-esteem and social skills.
Gardening lifts your mood and relieves stress and anxiety.
Humans have, I believe an inate connection to Nature, nurturing and caring for all the surrounding Nature is highly satisfying and for some, it gives them a sense of spiritual freedom. Working in tune with Nature, with seasonal rotations is good for your soul.
Gardening Health Facts
- Health guidelines recommend 2 strength exercise sessions per week. Lawn mowing, raking, lifting and scarifying counts.
- Gardeners tend to be fitter than non-gardeners.
- School gardening teaches children fine motor skills and social skills.
- People who feel their life has meaning and purpose feel healthier and happier.
- Gardeners are generally slimmer than non-gardeners.
- More vitality means you’re better able to fight off illness.
- Gardening helps to keep your brain alert.
The Proof Is In The Pudding, Or Should I Say Planting?
I am working all day, nearly everyday in gardens, with plants, flowers and trees. My well-being, health and fitness thrives on gardening. The different activities provide an essential health and fitness regime without me even thinking about it.
One of the gardens I care for is at a local care home, today I planted up several new containers for the patio area with spring flowers and bulbs.ideas-for-spring-containers The joy I got from that cannot be measured, but more importantly the pleasure the residents derived from seeing those plants and flowers, talking about them, smelling and touching them was beyond compare.
One of the residents used to work at Kew Gardens in London, he has a window box and his well-being and the happiness he feels from tending that small container of flowers that he can see from his room is so evident it makes my heart sing.
I recently, as part of an end of winter tidy up, cleared paths in two gardens, I cleared weeds, debris and all slip/ trip hazards and cleaned the paving. My two clients both called me after to say that they felt able to go into their garden because the cleaned paths made it safe to do so. They felt better at being outside, pride and esteem was improved because they had achieved a walk in their gardens and had spent time enjoying plants and flowers.
Basically gardening is a win win situation .
But don’t just take my word for it…go and do some gardening or visit a garden on a regular basis, trust me, you will feel better for it. Let me know in the comments box below how gardening improves Your Health and Wellbeing.
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Thanks for this insightful article, I have always known that Gardening is very good to our own advantage. I know it helps in fitness ,health and well being and it’s no doubt that gardening is a win win. Thanks for sharing the facts with us, Its indeed an eye opener for me. Thanks for your in-depth analysis
Thank you for your comments, it’s good to to know that you appreciate the health benefits of gardening.
I started my very first garden last year with my two adult sons. We cleared a plot in my yard, fenced it off, tilled the soil, added fertilizer, attended a gardening class, and then we were off and running. I am a health nut, and my main reason for wanting a garden with the benefits of fresh vegetables. The kale and spinach were my absolute favorite, and they literally lasted me the entire summer. I would just pick a few leaves when I wanted them from the plants, and they regenerated the leaves and I would pick more. It was absolutely wonderful.
I love how you actually get into the physical aspect of gardening for health. Being outside – big plus. Getting that sunshine and fresh air. The physical labor was intense at first with the tilling and grass and weed removal, and of course weeding was difficult at times as well and strenuous. I loved it all!
Hello Babsie, Thankyou for sharing your gardening experience with me, I’m very happy to know that you really enjoyed making your garden with your sons, not only did you gain the health benefits but also precious time with your sons too, which all adds to your well-being and theirs!
Gardening is hard work and tiring but it’s a happy, satisfying tired.
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Hi Louise,When I saw the post, I remembered about my childhood learning the essay on Gardening. Everyone who is health conscious should be involved in gardening. Intimacy with the soil makes people agreeable. After reading your informative article I learned newly a lot about the benefits of gardening. I want to do more such awareness writing. I want to share this post on my Facebook page. Be healthy, be happy. With regards.
Hello again Ranao,
I kind of thought that you would be someone who appreciates the health benefits of gardening.
Funny you should mention soil, serotonin, ‘happiness hormone’ increases when animals are exposed to soil bacteria.
I love the smell of earth.
Hey there. I really loved reading your article. I can only agree with you. Gardening can really almost completely supplement exercising. Not only that, but you are doing this on fresh air and enjoying beautiful scenery.
There is no better feeling than planting a seed and watching plant grow. I almost forgot you are helping people around you by creating healthy environment and making more oxygen by planting more plants.
Thank you so much. I will bookmark your website.
Thank you for your comments.
Simply being out in the fresh is great add in gardening too and you have yourself an all round health and fitness regime.
Thanks Louise for taking the time to put this great piece together. I agree with you on all the points raised. I have a little garden when i plant vegetables. This though small in size help my fitness, mood and the family benefit from picking some vegetables there for home use. Gardening indeed is a form of exercise that we should all partake him. People whose works does not allow them to exercise should turn to gardening for their health sake.Great piece
I’m pleased you enjoyed the article, good to know you are enjoying growing vegetables too, small gardens are just as good for your health, you still do plenty of exercise in a small garden as a large one. Happy gardening
Nice article on Garden foe well being, why garden is good for human health. Before now I like to visit garden and spent mostly mostly my weekends there. But everything move so fast and I become more busy at work and rearly have time for that
but reading this article really make me to have a garden near my house even not big as the one I do visit every Saturday. And as you suggested I will plant some vegetables too on it
Hello, Thankyou for your comments,
I do hope you can find a little time to visit gardens again, even if only for 10 minutes or so,they make everyone feel better.
Hey, your post is an educative post for our well-being .gardening and eating of fresh veggies helps in weight-loss like you said. But this post has really triggar me in having my private garden soon,walking round the garden is also an health exercise. Thanks for sharing out of your knowledge to us.
Hello, thank you for your comments,
I really hope you can have your own garden soon, or find a space with plants, trees, etc, it’s just as good!
Thank you for this insightful article. I love gardening and l know it’s good for our health, but unfortunately we stayed in an apartment. But there is a small balcony in our apartment, we use it to plant some flower and vegs. Everyday, we spent about half an hours for watering, pruning and enjoying our garden. It really make me feel better after long hours working on my online business.
Any space large or small with plants, flowers or veg is good for our well-being, I bet you balcony looks really pretty and time spent with plants is very therapeutic especially if you’re working at a computer for long hours.
Hi really great article about gardening, my website niche is base and landscape and gardening which am happy to see someone sharing there interest and love for gardening it’s well being for good health, the fact stated that visiting a garden just being in nature surrounding help clear mind releasing stress, I thank you for sharing this amazing article hope we can connect some day……jermy
Thank you for your comments, good to hear from another gardener who appreciates the benefits.
Good luck with your business.
I found your post very helpful. It is really good to know that gardening not only has a beneficial impact on our environment but also it benefits our health too. I did not really know about the fact before reading your article. And, I am fully agreed with you about the matter. I personally do gardening for a year and am I feeling that my health is improved than before. Now, I came to know the reason. We all should do gardening. Thus, we can keep our environment as well as our body healthy
Thanks for your valuable post. I am going to share your post with my friends and family members.
Hello, thank you for your comments and for sharing my post.
I like to hear from fellow gardeners, keep up with your garden, I bet it’s lovely and now you know why it makes you feel better.
I appreciate your post on gardening. Am intrigued to read and know about the health benefits of gardening. Many of us have a garden in our reach we don’t know the importance and benefits of it to our health. Thanks for this eye opener and I must say that I found this helpful and informative. Thank alot
Hello, thank you for your comments, It’s good to know that my posts are informative,
Any garden or green space is good for us so, I hope you’re able to enjoy one.
Hi! Thank you very much for this timely post. Yes, gardening is a great activity and its benefits are vast and diverse. I personally had never been a gardener until I moved into a house about 5 years ago. And it all came naturally. Without prior knowledge, I just felt inclined to plant some flowers. Water them every day. And then plant some more. It really is a fulfilling activity.
I’ll continue gardening, but now not only enjoying it but also conscious of all these benefits.
Hi Henry, I am so pleased to hear you enjoy your garden and it’s benefits, I agree gardening is fulfilling and therapeutic after a busy day.
Thanks for this write up,it is really a nice post. I have always known that Gardening is very good to our own advantage.Everyone who is health conscious should be involved in gardening. After reading your informative article I learned newly a lot about the benefits of gardening. I will share this article with my friends.
Hello Usman, thank you kindly for your comments,
I hope to bring more awareness of the benefits of gardening to folks, we need to keep and expand our precious green spaces
Thank you too for sharing with your friends
Hi Louise, I must appreciate you for your amazing writing skills. it just wow! you described clearly all the benefits of gardening. Well, I am inspired and I found more information about gardening. I wish you the very best in the future. Keep gardening continues. I will shear this excellent article on my social media site. Thank you.
Well this is a truly lovely comment Irin, thank you so much.
I hope I have inspired you to enjoy a garden.
Thank you for sharing with your friends