When we talk about gardening some people usually think of it as a type of hobby or past time. What people don’t know is that aside from keeping you busy during your time off from work, it has wonderful benefits on your overall situation.
Gardening is a wonderful way for older adults to meet their daily requirement of at least 30 minutes of physical activity. Researchers have discovered that among health benefits of gardening is keeping older hands strong and nimble at the same time improving self esteem.
It is probably no surprise that gardening along with all physical activity that goes along with it leads to weight loss and good overall physical health. Aside from physical health it can also improve your bones as well.
The national institute for health recommends at least 30 minutes of gardening 3-5 times a week as a strategy to combat obesity. An average person can burn up to 200 calories per 30 minutes of gardening.
Gardening also provides you with fresh and ready to go veggies at your fingertips. Studies have shown that people who grow their own food tend to eat a more healthy diet than those that do not. This also ensures that what you are consuming is organic and do not have pesticides or any other chemicals that commercial fruits and vegetables have.
One of the major benefits of being outdoors is stress relief. Spending time outside gardening can help you relieve some if not all the stress. This also affects your overall mode like finding a sense of peace and purpose.
When you relieve stress your blood pressure lowers along with your stress levels. It can also relax your muscles and relieve the tension you have on your body.
It shows that families that grow their own food save at least 600 dollars a year on veggies alone.
Growing your own food saves on your grocery bills. Aside from saving on consumption of food, one can also sell unusual or rare flowers that grow in your garden. Some flowers sell for a very high price so if you plan to grow a garden also try to pick out what types of flowers you grow.
High class restaurants are always on the lookout for fresh greens. They are also very interested in fresh ginseng, orris root and specialty peppers.
You may not be able to sell a lot yet but having your own garden will help you a lot especially with your food consumption bills. Aside from consumption bills, you can also make a living out of your garden. It may not be as big as the steady income you get from your job but it will, in little ways, help out with your financial situation.
Finally, gardening can benefit the community as a whole. It reduces wastes, mulching and it keeps your soil healthy.
Turning food scraps into compost can help reduce your waste. Mulching is another organic gardening technique that can have positive effects on the ground that you garden. By keeping the soil healthy and clean you can create or help a healthy soil food web.
This will give you an overview of how gardening can help you and how it can affect everybody.