1. Improves your physical health
Believe it or not but gardening is considered to be moderate- intensity exercise which means all the time you spend in the garden burns calories and strengthens your heart. All the digging, pulling and planting you do in the garden also works out the muscles in your hands so gardening will keep your hands and fingers strong.
2. Gardening benefits your mental health
Gardening is not only great for your physical health but it also majorly benefits your mental health too. Research has shown that gardening can ease symptoms of mental illness, help reduce stress and increase positive moods. Gardening is a great hobby that drives you to spend more time outside in nature; providing some much needed respite from the busyness of everyday life.
3. Promotes a healthy diet
Growing fruits and vegetables in your garden is a great way to include home grown, healthy produce into your diet. Growing a variety of fruits and vegetables in your garden can help you reach your daily five intake. Seeing your garden filled with colour, fresh produce will definitely be a motivation to pursue a healthier diet and develop a lasting habit of eating fruit and veg.
4. Gardening increases your Vitamin D exposure
Spending time in the garden increases your exposure to sunlight which your skin uses to make Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for several body functions and increases your calcium levels which benefits your bones and immune system. So we’d recommend getting out into your garden and soaking up some sunshine! Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen though.
5. Family and community gardens create connections
Gardening can be a great way to get together with likeminded people and connect over your love of all things nature. Community and family gardens are popping up all over the place and are an eco-friendly way to interact with others. Working in a garden with people from different backgrounds is a great way to expand on your gardening expertise and an even better way to establish connections. So what are you waiting for? Grab a friend and get gardening!
Here at Turfman, we love seeing people spending some much needed time outside. What better way to soak up some sunshine than laying your new turf! Turfman provides a range of turf options and services with over 13 years experience in the turf industry you’ll be talking to specialists. Contact the team at Turfman today so you can get out in the garden sooner!