It gets you moving
Moving in an enjoyable way is a great strategy for staying healthy, especially for those who are attached to their desks most of the week. Gardening forces you to get outside and dig around in the dirt, which will do wonders for your body.
It sparks creativity
The fresh air, focusing on tending your garden and unplugging from technology all open the door for more creativity. Gardening helps you connect with the earth, your body, mind and spirit, which allows space for creative thoughts to flow.
It reduces stress by helping you relax
It’s difficult to find time to relax and escape from the pressures of life. As you step into the garden the peace and calm of nature washes over you and helps reduce stress while the physical exertion of gardening helps lower blood pressure. Immersing yourself in nature is a natural relaxer and helps boost those endorphins, which help you feel better, help you become more grounded, centred and relaxed.
It’s a great form of functional exercise
Gardening is an excellent form of functional exercise, incorporating many of the elements of a moderate to intense fitness routine. Stretching, pushing, pulling and lifting incorporate multiple muscles at one time and improve the quality of your overall fitness level.
It improves flexibility, balance and sensory perceptionGardening helps improve balance, flexibility and sharpen your senses. The movements, the sights and smells are all part of the healthy benefits while you tend your patch of paradise.
It boosts feel-good hormones
Gardening is a form of exercise, and exercise releases endorphins which make us feel good. These endorphins help us manifest a more positive outlook on life and that good feeling stays with us long after the gardening is done.
It cultivates a healthier heart
Since gardening is a physical activity, it naturally helps strengthen the heart, build endurance and increase stamina.
It’s an opportunity to give back to the community
Volunteering at the Community Garden can be rewarding in so many different ways! Take a few moments to unplug from life’s stressors and connect to mother nature. Working in the garden is a great way to enjoy nature and a healthy, rewarding activity the whole family can participate in. When done regularly you’ll not only yield a beautiful, healthy garden, but a healthier you.