Research says that a balanced exposure to sunlight helps adults achieve adequate amounts of Vitamin D. Natural Vitamin D is known to increase your calcium levels, which is beneficial for your bones and immune system.
Since most gardening tasks involve being outdoors, you get enough exposure to sunlight and a healthy dose of Vitamin D, making sure you've applied your sunscreen.
In a 2006 study, researchers found that gardening could lower the risk of dementia by 36 percent. Following this research, in a 2014 review, analysts found that it also may be an effective treatment for people with dementia.
In both studies, the researchers concluded that physical activity, such as gardening, could reduce the incidence of dementia, can help protect your memory as you get older, and reduce the risk of other health complications.
Studies show that regularly performing low-to-moderate physical activities, such as gardening, can reduce the risk of of stroke and heart attack by 30%, including death from cardiovascular disease.
This means that all that planting, weeding, digging, and pruning with your garden shears, burns calories and strengthens your heart.
Gardening can help reduce the symptoms associated with stress, stabilize feelings of anxiety and depression, and is a great way to calm our body and mind. Since this physical activity requires you to get in touch with nature, it gives you a chance to focus on a specific goal or task. Studies also show that as your stress levels decrease, your mental health improves—giving you a sense of purpose and achievement every session and feeling more connected to nature.
Performing this activity regularly also provides health benefits to your mood, proving that people find happiness in nature.
Since gardening is an activity that requires your hands to move a lot, it is also known to keep your hand muscles strong for a long time. The handiwork regularly required for this activity especially when digging, planting, and pruning helps increase your hand strength and dexterity.
However, it's still important not to overdo it. If your hands start to hurt during or after gardening, take a break. It's also best to invest in ergonomically designed tools to help reduce the risk of strain and hand fatigue during your scheduled task. For example, when it comes to pruning, it's best to learn how to choose pruning shears to prevent wrist bending and lower the risk of potential repetitive motion injuries and hand fatigue, especially for arthritis sufferers.
Gardening provides time and opportunity for bonding with your family. It's beneficial not only for adults but for children too since early exposure to dirt has been linked to many health benefits, including reducing allergies to autoimmune diseases. It's a marvelous way to relieve stress, teach your children more about nature and responsibility, and a perfect creative activity.
Gardening invites you to step out of your comfort zone, interact with your family members, friends, and other gardeners, and take charge of your health and surroundings. All that digging, planting, pruning, and harvesting are beneficial in improving your physical strength, heart health, immune system, mental health, and connection with others.
Gardening is no longer just a regular chore, it's also a great investment for a healthy body, mind, and soul.
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