Gardening as an exercise
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Gardening has been viewed by many people as a hobby of having a therapeutic effect or as a natural remedy to our modern world. It’s believed to be a very effective way of fighting stress and rejuvenating the intangible connections that we lost due to our busy and fast-paced lifestyle. It’s like an outlet that allows our bodies to recharge, reconnect and reclaim energy and all things warm, earthy and elemental from nature itself.
Gardening gives a lot of benefits, not just about growing plants or adding aesthetic to our homes and surroundings. It has evolved to be a movement toward personal and family wellness that includes many factors of clean living like diet and exercise.
Let’s talk about how gardening can be enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding. Of course, with the fruits of your labor harvested in no time.
Grow An Eye-Pleasing, Edible Garden
With the growing popularity of clean and healthy living, it’s no surprise that gardening fits in this current trend. More health-conscious people are adhering to the wellness movement to go vegan or go for organic produce sans chemicals and harmful pesticides. Growing your very own collection of herbs and edible plants (flowers and plants) in your own little space, garden or backyard does not only beautify your home, but it makes it healthier too. You can achieve a cleaner living knowing that what you cook, comes and grows organic in your backyard.
Gardening As A Form Of Exercise
Having a green thumb is an advantage if you want to pursue gardening as a hobby, a career venture or just, for plain exercise. Being outdoors under the sun while disconnecting from technology has never been this fulfilling. You get to burn your calories and get a lot of sun’s vitamin D while enjoying this activity. People are crazy in losing weight or maintaining their weight. Well, gardening might just be the right answer for their long-term weight management rather than doing crash diets.
Communing With Nature As A Way of Stress Relief
Connecting our elemental human side with nature is innate within us. We feel rejuvenated after doing any outdoor activities like hiking, biking or mountain climbing. These activities take our mind off from our toxic, modern lifestyle from work down to our homes. Gardening shares the same soothing effect of recharging our worn out, tired bodies from everything digital and strenuous.
Andrea Faber Taylor, Ph.D., a horticulture instructor at the University of Illinois said,
“Humans have a finite capacity for the kind of directed attention required by cell phones and email and the like, and when that capacity gets used up we tend to become irritable, error-prone, distractible, and stressed out. Trading your BlackBerry for blackberry bushes is an excellent way to fight stress and attention fatigue, as the rhythms of the natural environment and the repetitive, soothing nature of many gardening tasks are all sources of effortless attention.”
Fights Dementia and Promotes Brain Health
Gardening involves both physical and mental activity. Studies say, it may have a positive influence on the mind through the sights, smell and sounds of the garden. It does not only helps promote relaxation and reduce stress but also helps lower the risk of developing dementia and other mental illness.
Indeed, gardening has never been this rewarding in terms of aesthetic purposes. It is also beneficial for our wellness and health too.
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