What are the health benefits of gardening?
A little garden goes a long way! Did you know that growing your food can help you eat healthier? Diets rich in fruits and vegetables can:
- lower blood pressure
- reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
- prevent some types of cancers
- lower risk of eye and digestive problems
Beyond the harvest of healthy foods, gardening has so many benefits aside from maintaining a nutritious diet, whether it’s a flower, plants, vegetables, or fruit.
- Help your heart. Digging, planting, and weeding burns calories, and that’s a good cardio activity for your heart.
- Strengthens relationships. Working together with friends or family nurtures relationships. Including children in gardening activities helps them learn healthy skills that will last them a lifetime!
- Reduces stress. Working in your garden can help you practice mindfulness by focusing on the tasks while bringing you closer to nature’s rewards.
- Boost self-esteem. After all the tilling, planting, weeding, and watering, it feels good to see and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
- Improves Sleep. Spending time outside coupled with your hard work in the fresh air is a good way to help you fall asleep faster.