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Reasons why gardening is good for you

Reduced risk of stroke

According to The British Medical Journal gardening can help reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. When looking at the age group 60+ gardening can help prolong life by up to as much as 30%.

Burns calories

Gardening can be a hard workout depending on what you do and for how long. A simple 1 hour of gardening could help you to burn up to 330 calories. Also, if you garden for three to four hours, you could easily burn as many calories as you would from one hour in the gym.

Therefore, The National Institute of Health recommend 30-45 minutes of gardening for three to five times per week. Which could be a perfect solution for those not wanting to visit the gym.

Stress relief

Gardening as a form of exercise can be good for you as it helps to release endorphins, the hormone that helps to make people feel satisfied and relaxed. Furthermore, being outside in direct contact with the sunlight could help improve your mood. Similar to that of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that occurs during the winter months where sunlight is restricted.

Improved immune system

Also, another advantage of the sun is that it can help you absorb plenty of vitamin D. In short, Vitamin D can help your body to absorb calcium, which in turn, can help keep your bone strong and your immune system healthy.

Responsibility

Maintaining your garden and keeping your plants alive is a great responsibility. This could be beneficial for those with mental health issues or those just looking for self-worth and purpose.

Live in the moment

Being outside in your garden and experiencing the change of seasons as and when they happen can help you feel connected to the world. This is like sitting in an office all day with only a glimpse out of a window can make time go quickly before you know it it’ll be New Year’s Eve again. Therefore spending the time outside and experiencing the flowers as they bloom can be a great way to keep track of time.

- gardenbuildingsdirect.co.uk/


 

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