- By Mica Pinelands
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Gardening can do more than just provide healthy food and
beautiful flowers. More and more Scientists are confirming that getting a
bit of dirt under your nails has major health benefits both mentally and
Here are 4 tips to help you keep healthy and active this month:
1) GARDENING HELPS TO KEEP YOU FIT AND ACTIVE
Gardening is an effective way for people of all ages to get a whole-body exercise and to improve one’s cardiovascular fitness. Work up a sweat by trimming hedges, cutting the lawn and spreading mulch are all good ways to work up a sweat. Gardening falls under the category of moderate physical activity.
More good news… Working in the garden for 30 minutes five days a week has been proven to lower risk of heart disease.
2) GARDENING ENCOURAGES HEALTHIER EATING
People who grow their own fruit and vegetables are likely to consume more greens. Let’s be honest, half the fun of gardening is getting to eat those delicious home grown produce.
A little tip from Mica Pinelands .… Herbs are rich in antioxidants and perfect for smaller spaces. All you need are a few pot plants.
3) GARDENING – THE PERFECT CLASSROOM FOR YOUR KIDS
Give a child experience in growing a small seed by watering, protecting it and watching it grow into a plant. This can teach your children valuable life lessons in patience, a sense of competence and pride in hard work. It also scientifically increased the number of fruits and vegetables your child tries.
4) GARDENING BOOSTS YOUR MOOD
Feeling a little down and looking for a mood booster? The main benefit of gardening is to relax, breath in fresh air and be in your own space for a moment. Grab your spade and shovel and get your hands dirty. Gardening has proven to reduce depression, anxiety and reduce cortisol levels. It fights stress better than any other leisure activity.
Gardening can even help you to think better and increase creativity.
So, stop wasting time and get yourself over to Mica Pinelands for all things gardening. A good mood is just around the corner.
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