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Discover the Health Benefits of Gardening

April 22, 2022 Pegalis Law Group

Discover the Health Benefits of Gardening at Any Age

We’re all familiar with the expression, “April showers bring May flowers.” With sprouts and flowers beginning to bloom this month, Pegalis Law Group, LLC examines the health benefits of gardening. Whether planting vegetables in a garden or flowers in the front yard, gardening is good for the body, mind, and soul, no matter your age. You don’t have to have a “green thumb” to reap the rewards. Let’s start digging into the many physical, mental, and spiritual health benefits of gardening!

The Physical Health Benefits of Gardening

Gardening is a superior form of aerobic exercise, which can help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and prevent diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and even some cancers. Because gardening is more pleasant than walking on a treadmill, you probably won’t even realize how much exercise you’re getting every time you twist, bend, dig, or reach for your gardening tools. However, your body will feel the burn when it’s time to sleep at night. Gardening promotes sleep, improves coordination, and builds muscle and hand strength. Burn calories while working in your garden and then enjoy fresh produce for healthy, pesticide-free eating all year long.

Being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine is also good for your skin, bones, joints, and overall immune system. Sunshine is an excellent source of Vitamin D, which helps boost your immunity and keeps your bones healthy and strong with calcium. However, too much sunshine can be harmful. Be sure to wear the appropriate sunscreen, sunglasses, and clothing to protect yourself while gardening. It’s also crucial to take breaks in the shade to prevent overheating. Don’t forget to stay hydrated while outdoors.

The Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

Gardening is not just beneficial for the body. It stimulates the mind, which can lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as you age. Gardening requires cognitive thought as you dig and space out whatever you’re planting. You may want to consider the most visually pleasing patterns while planting colorful flowers, fruits, or vegetables in your yard. Gardening allows you to feel accomplished and present, which can be a significant self-esteem booster for those looking to find a new hobby this year.

Gardening also allows you to use all five of your senses to explore the world around you. There are vibrant colors to see, earthy or floral smells to inhale, sunshine on your face or cool soil between your fingers to feel, insects buzzing around in the air to hear, and produce to taste once it’s fully grown. Being outside stimulates serotonin and dopamine – your “feel good” hormones to lower stress, anxiety, and depression. Gardening makes people feel happy, calm, and empowered, making it even a helpful rehab tool for those battling certain disorders and addictions.

The Spiritual Health Benefits of Gardening

Gardening allows people to feel connected to each other and the environment. Watching the miracle of plant growth makes people feel closer to a higher spiritual power and nature. Private gardens bring families together, as everyone can pitch in and help with the planting, including your kids and pets. Community gardens bring strangers together to combat feelings of loneliness or isolation, especially important in the wake of a global pandemic.

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Pegalis Law Group, LLC is dedicated to educating the public about ways to be proactive about their health. Our New York-based law firm has focused on personal injury and medical malpractice for nearly 50 years. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional tips to keep you and those you love as happy and healthy as possible this year.