Benefits Of Gardening On National Gardening And Exercise Day
Sometimes—and this can be especially true for those of us who live in metropolitan areas—it’s easy to forget that, we don’t have to go to the woods, a forest, or a jungle to be near greenery. With things like community gardens, or even a small yard of our own, we can bring the nature to us. And gardening lets you interact with nature in a very unique way that hiking or kayaking simply doesn’t. When you garden, you use your powers to cultivate the life source of this planet—the things that produce oxygen, food, and even habitats for little critters—which is plants and other greenery. On another note, gardening is also good for your health in several ways, both physical and emotional. So, on National Gardening and Exercise Day, here are the benefits of gardening.
It encourages you to eat healthier
When you garden, you get to see fruits and vegetables in a form you never see them in the grocery store. You see them in their full splendor—sprouting up from the ground or hanging from a tree—and really appreciate their beauty. They look far more appetizing there, than in piles under the florescent lights of the market.
It gives you an appreciation for your food
Whether you eat too fast, or throw away too much food, gardening can help put a stop to that. When you put in the intensive labor required to simply grow some tomatoes, you won’t be as quick to toss one out because of a little spot. And you’ll take more time to savor your food.
It can help with weight
Just thirty minutes of moderate exercise such as raking leaves or gardening can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve heart health. If you hate the monotony of jogging or hitting the elliptical, gardening can break that up.
It puts you in touch with your neighbors
If you go to a community plot, then you’ll quickly make friends. Gardening at these types of grounds is a great way to meet new people, socialize, and even recognize how many individuals in your community care about the earth.
It keeps your mind active
Gardening keeps your mind active. Each time you want to plant something new, you have to learn the protocol and steps for that item. Learning new things is an important step to prevent Alzheimer’s.
It gives you an appreciation for life
Sometimes, we forget that we didn’t just appear one day. Complicated and miraculous processes went into our creation. And, furthermore, our parents ate the types of plant you plant in a garden, to grow strong bodies, to grow strong babies with. It’s the cycle of life, and you grow an amazing appreciation for it when you are a part of it through gardening.
It puts you near better quality air
Simply bringing a few potted plants into your apartment can put you in touch with cleaner air. If you spend regular time in a garden, then you can inhale the fresh oxygen of your plants.
It shows you how small you are, in a good way
Something about watching a tiny seed grow into a tall stalk, and seeing the seeds that never do sprout up—seeing how something as simple as someone stepping on your plot can kill a plant—reminds you how small we all are. But, that only gives you more of a reason to make the most of life.
It causes you to squat
Gardening naturally requires you to squat, so don’t be surprised if you find you have stronger thigh muscles after a few weeks of the hobby.
It gets you vitamin D
Gardening naturally puts you outside, and gets you that oh-so-important vitamin D that you need for calcium absorption. That means it can help prevent osteoporosis. It also improves your mood.
It’s a nice distraction
When you garden, you have to pay very close, targeted attention to the things you are doing, from the amount of water you put down, to the mulch you lay out, to the leaves you pluck. In that way, it can be meditative.
It makes you more conscious of the earth
When you put so much work into cultivating a green area, you become more conscious of all green areas. After you get into gardening, you may just be more inclined to pick up trash you find in public parks.
Simply being in nature—smelling it, seeing it, and hearing it—can have wonderfully calming effects. Spending time in nature has been shown to fight anxiety and promote mental health.
It’s a nice stretch
When you garden, you move all sorts of your body in ways you normally don’t at your desk job or hanging out in your home. It’s a nice stretch for your muscles.