Health Benefits of Gardening

In times of uncertainty, our gardens serve as a place of peace and solitude. As we connect with nature, time seems to slow down and an abundance of research proves that playing in the dirt can do wonders for your wellbeing. Here’s how exercising your green thumb can benefit you.

1. Relieve Stress

Gardening can be a form of therapy to reduce depression and anxiety. 1

2. Increase Happiness

The act of growing plants can help boost your mood and make you more hopeful for the future.1

3. Eat Healthier

Growing your own food gives you and your family easy access to healthy veggies, herbs and fruits and can help prevent picky eaters.2

4. Concentrate Better

Exposure to nature and outdoor activities can help reduce ADHD symptoms in children.3 And plants in the office can help boost adults’ attention span.4

5. Burn Calories

Yard work and gardening can help you burn up to 330 calories an hour, which can help with weight loss.5 It can also help improve strength, stamina and flexibility.6

6. Strengthen Bones

Sunlight triggers your body to produce vitamin D, which helps you absorb minerals needed for strong healthy bones.7 Gardening can help prevent vitamin D deficiency.8

7. Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes your heart work too hard and increases risk of stroke. Gardening and yard work for 30-45 minutes can help lower blood pressure.9

8. Sleep Better

Purposeful physical activities like gardening can help you develop better sleep habits.10

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