The Health Benefits of GardeningColin Campbell-Preston
Getting out into the garden is not only fun and satisfying, but it can also be great for your health. An hour of gardening every day could replace your daily walk or dreaded trip to the gym – helping you stay fit whilst keeping your garden looking its best. Here we have a look at just a few of the health benefits of gardening.
The NHS advises that all adults aged 19-64 get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. Digging up spuds and deadheading your perennials can soon contribute to that total – providing an enjoyable means to achieve your weekly physical activity target. Gardening is a great form of exercise for the entire body – keeping the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms active.
A Stockholm-based study revealed that regular gardening could significantly cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes in the 60 plus age group. The 12 year study showed that gardening was as effective as training for marathons at maintaining the health of this age group – prolonging life expectancy as much as 30%.
Brain Power and Wellbeing
Another amazing health benefit of gardening is a dramatic reduction in cases of dementia. A study revealed that gardening was in fact the single largest cause of reduction in dementia cases – reducing incidence by a whopping 36%.
Stress and Blood Pressure
Great for those who struggle with high blood pressure or have stressful lives, gardening can help with relaxation and actively lower blood pressure. Engaging in work in a completely natural setting has been shown to reduce stress levels – releasing endorphins and creating a greater sense of wellbeing.
The cardiovascular exercises which are a by-product of the vast majority of gardening tasks can contribute towards a lower blood pressure. This is vital as a dangerously high blood pressure can lead to a number of ailments and conditions including strokes.
Gardening has been found to be so beneficial to mental health, that horticultural therapy sessions have been developed to help treat patients with depression and other mental illnesses. Thrive is the UK’s leading charity which uses gardening as a method to improve mental health problems and help with physical rehabilitation processes.
A combination of food-producing, beautifully scented and aesthetically-pleasing plants is believed to be most beneficial for those gardening to improve mental health.
A plethora of fresh fruit and veg delivered to the dinner table is great for you and your family. Keeping control over what you’re serving means you can protect the family from any harmful additives, and ensure they benefit from a good well-rounded diet. Plus, we reckon that food grown in your own back garden tastes better than anything bought from the supermarket.
So if you’re looking to kick start a healthier life with gardening at the core, the Capital Gardens team can help you get started. Visit our homepage or call our dedicated team on 0208 874 2037 for help and more information.