Gardening isn't just a silly hobby. There are certain health benefits having a vegetable or herb garden can do for you. For instance:
Fresh Foods/Healthier Diet - If you have a vegetable garden, whether big or small, if you plant things you like to eat, it will be a healthier version than what you get at the grocery store. First, they will only be handled by you and secondly, you will know what you HAVEN'T used on them (such as harmful pesticides).
Burns Calories - If herbs and vegetables aren't your thing and flowers or other plants are, gardening can be a workout regardless. When you are digging, pulling weeds, lifting a bag of dirt or mulch--you burn calories. Burning calories can be good for the waistline! Being active certainly never hurts your health.
Keeps Your Body Stronger - Also, when you are gardening your are not only building up your body strength but your hands and grip as well. Lots of us don't think of keeping our hands and grip strong when we are young, but as you age you do start to lose those strengths. If you keep your hands moving and working, you have a better chance of keeping that going for a lot longer during your life.
Builds Up Your Bones - Not only working on your muscles, body strength and hand strength as well, being out in the sunshine gives your body a great source of vitamin D which builds up your bone strength too.
Sleep Like a Baby - One final benefit that is a big one for your health is, good rest. When you work outside a bit every day, you rest better at night. Lack of good, restful sleep can be the culprit for all sorts of ailments. Not just the physical exertion helps with our rest cycle, but, being out in the air and sunshine does it too. Have you ever just been to a picnic and just sat outside all day and are exhausted like you did a lot of stuff when you went to bed? It's because our bodies seem to relax when out in the fresh air. When we truly relax--sleep comes.
Try some simple gardening...for your health!
This blog was inspired by this online article from BHG.com