We all know regular exercise has many benefits, including keeping your heart healthy and strong. And despite being a qualified fitness instructor, I’ve always said being fit doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. Everyday activities, such as gardening and walking, can have physical benefits and support mental wellbeing too which as you may know I’m a huge advocate of.
Having a landscape gardener as a boyfriend, I know that spending time gardening can improve strength, endurance and flexibility. It may also help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
My parents are also keen gardeners who have always grown many vegetables, fruits and herbs in their garden over the years. So, as well as providing nutritious food on the dinner table, they have kept themselves healthy over the years. Gardening offers a wide variety of health benefits. With the long bank holiday weekend, here’s four reasons you should be in the garden. Oh, and it’s National Gardening week too!
Exposure to Vitamin D increases your calcium levels which helps your bones and immune system. This vitamin is hard to get through food so by spending time outdoors you will ensure your levels are topped up. Don’t forget the sunscreen though!
Studies have shown that gardening can help fight stress and lift your mood. Spending time in nature is good for our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health. Try to spend a least 30 minutes in the garden daily.
It’s a mindful exercise
When we’re in the garden, we are very mindful when attending to plants and food. Too often than not our minds wander off. But with gardening you can really focus on the here and now. After all that is all we ever have.
If you don’t like the gym, you will be pleased to hear that gardening is a great form of aerobic exercise. Pulling weeds, reaching for plants or tools and all that twisting, bending and turning will help work muscles you didn’t know you had. It will improve your strength, stamina and flexibility.