Do you have a garden in your backyard or are you part of a community garden? If you are, then you're not alone!
Approximately 42 million Americans took up gardening in 2014 and the trend is continuing to grow (pun intended)! About 1 in 3 families is growing something in a garden this year, according to a National Gardening Association survey.
Gardening is fantastic for so many reasons. This article is going to focus on the health benefits of gardening.
Gardening is great exercise
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers gardening a moderate-intensity workout activity. The CDC says that only two and a half hours of moderate-intensity activity can reduce the risk for the following chronic conditions: obesity, high blood pressure and colon cancer, as well as premature death.
They also reported that people that garden as their moderate-intensity activity tend to exercise up to 50 minutes longer than people that choose exercise like walking and biking.
Gardening allows you to work both your arms and your legs. It is a total body workout. Activities like this help to prevent coronary artery disease.
Nature can help improve your health
According to the experts from the journal Biological Psychiatry, fresh air can help prevent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It can also result in higher test scores for students.
The Gardening Matters nonprofit of Minneapolis states, “A ten percent increase in nearby green space was found to decrease a person’s health complaints in an amount equivalent to a five year reduction in that person’s age”.
Gardening relieves stress
According to The Journal of Health Psychology, people that took up gardening had a more significant decrease in stress than those who used reading as a stress reliever.
Gardening improves mental health
A Norway study indicated reduction in depression symptoms in over 50 percent of the people that took up gardening for three months. The study further showed that the participants whose symptoms improved continued to respond favorably even after the gardening season ended.