Below we take a look at some top reasons why gardening has amazing health benefits.

Did you know that gardening has health benefits? For some gardening is a great way to unwind, relax and disengage from the world around them. Whether you have some indoor plants or an outside garden, nurturing your plants is a great way to relieve stress.

Burn Some Calories

Don’t like the gym or have no motivation to go for long walks or jogging to get yourself fit? Mowing the lawn, turning the soil in your beds, planting and weeding all help you burn calories.  The manual labour of gardening provides a great little workout. It gets your heart pumping and is a great way to get active physically without leaving your home.

Reduce Stress

It has been proven that gardening can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Focusing your mind on being in your garden, even if it is just to pull out some weeds can really help you to relax. Even if you just have some indoor plants, watching them grow and thrive also boosts your self-esteem and helps to reduce stress. 

Vitamin D – Naturally

Get some Vitamin D naturally through the sun rays while working in your garden.  When the sun rays touch your skin directly, something magical happens. Our bodies start to create Vitamin D, by changing cholesterol into this super Vitamin. Depending on your skin type, as little as 5 minutes a day in direct sunlight, can give your body all the Vitamin D it needs.

Strengthen your Heart

When you are ‘working’ in your garden you can get quite the workout, which in turn strengthens your heart.  You are effectively doing manual labour which gets the heart rate pumping. This creates a healthy flow in the cardiovascular system. It has been found that if you engage in garden activities for around 2 hours per week you reduce the risk of death from heart disease by a whopping 37 percent.

Boost Your Immune System

Spending time in the garden digging up holes for new plants, or rearranging flower beds gets your body entwined with the soil around you. Research published in Science Daily found that working in the garden strengthens the immune system because of the beneficial bacteria present in the soil.’ Now that is an interesting fact.’

At Stanler Farms we have everything you need to get your garden going.  We have something for those who know just about nothing on how to keep your plants alive, to the avid gardener.

 

 

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