We all know that sometimes there's nothing that feels better than spending a couple of hours working in our gardens. Even just an hour or two tending our flowers can refresh the spirit and calm our minds. But did you know that there are actually health benefits to working in the garden? Take a look at our list of reasons why gardening feels so good, and is good for you!
1. Boost your immune system and lower your risk for certain diseases: We all know that our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun. Making sure that we have optimum levels of vitamin D in our bodies can not only make our immune systems work better, but it can also offer some protection against certain types of cancer, multiple sclerosis, and even dementia.
2. Gardening is good exercise. You all know it, and now doctors and researchers have confirmed that gardening is actually great exercise! Your daily dose of gardening - whether it's light yard work like raking or mowing grass, or more vigorous activity like shoveling and digging - can help you maintain a healthy body weight and improve your sleep at night.
3. Mental health care. Doctors and researchers are now also discovering just how beneficial gardening can be for our mental health! Whether it's connecting with friends and neighbors through a community garden or teaching children and grandchildren how to grow a garden, you'll be reducing stress and anxiety, improving cognitive function, and helping your body to reduce cortisol levels for better sleep and improved mood.
With all these benefits for your health, it's no wonder that gardening so good for you!