While most of us think of garden maintenance as a chore, the necessary task can actually be excellent for you and your family’s health! The World Health Organization determines good health as more than physical wellbeing, and positive mental health has never been more of a focus for young Australians than it is today.
Gardening can bring forth positive emotions and a sense of happiness and satisfaction as well as a range of other health benefits. The team at Amico know all about the benefits of getting out into the garden, and surprising ways it can help with your health. You may be surprised to learn about these following five health benefits of garden maintenance, that just might convince you to grab the gloves and head out into the garden!
1. An Improvement to Self-Esteem
The satisfaction you receive from creating and maintaining a beautiful garden can be great for your self-esteem, especially if you don’t consider yourself to be a natural green thumb. Planting, nurturing, and harvesting plants is a very rewarding activity that places an element of responsibility on you for growing things and keeping them alive.
2. Far Better Heart Health
We all know that eating plants is a great way to avoid heart disease, but did you also know that growing them can be as well?
Gardening not only burns calories, but it also strengthens your heart. Garden maintenance can be just as good as formal exercise! The activities involved in gardening are able to help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. The best part is, is that you probably won’t even realise that you are essentially exercising because you are so focused on the task at hand. That sounds far less boring than running if you ask us!
3. Stress Reduction
A Dutch study revealed that gardening can result in lower cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a stress hormone, which is a significant health risk. Stress creeps into all forms of your life, from poor physical and mental health to a lower-quality sleep. Any chance you have to keep your stress levels low creates more of a mental benefit for your health in your day-to-day life, and being out in the garden is a great way to lessen the amount of stress you have.
4. Sleep and Hand Strength
The University of Pennsylvania recently released a study showing that gardening can improve your quality of sleep, which is crucial for good health.
But further to this, activities like digging and planting in the garden will increase your hand and finger strength!
5. More Vegetables
Growing vegetables has two main benefits;
- You can save money on food
- You’ll be more likely to add vegetables to your diet
Save a little money by growing vegetables that are expensive that you can preserve by canning or freezing, or even give them to family and friends if you have too much to use yourself! It’ll shave a little off the grocery bill, be far more convenient than heading to the store, and you’ll have the healthiest food possible right in your backyard!
Need a Little Help Getting Started?
Are you unsure where to begin with your garden? Call the team at Amico, we want to be your gardening experts. Let us show you how we can set up your garden so that it looks stunning, then show you what you need to do to maintain it, so that you can start reaping the benefits above!