Let’s face it. Gardening is hard work. You get dirty, sweat, dig, bend, lift, tug and pull to have that perfect garden. American Essayist, Charles Dudly Warner said,
“What a man needs in gardening, is a cast iron back with a hinge in it.”
So, are there any real benefits to growing petunias and tomatoes? Actually, there have been several scientific studies explaining the real-life benefits of getting outside and digging in the dirt!
Being outside in the sunlight is good for our bodies. Sunlight helps our bodies manufacture vitamin D which is good for our immune system and some studies suggest it might help lower the risks of several types of cancer.
Gardening builds muscle. All the digging and lifting strengthens our bodies. The exercise helps maintain a healthy weight. Also, all the hard work makes us tired and helps us get a good night’s sleep.
Studies have shown gardening can help older people with memory loss and dementia.
After spending a few hours planting flowers and pulling weeds, we look at our garden with pride and makes us feel good. A gardener is less depressed and less anxious after a day of planting.
Gardening calms you down, and you experience less stress in your life. This might lower the risk of a heart attack, stroke, and may lower your blood pressure.
Studies have shown gardening can help a person fighting or recovering from addictions.
We connect with neighbors, our spouse and kids when gardening. Through the years, my garden has brought me into contact with dozens of wonderful people.
There are many things in life we have no control over, but a gardener does have some control of the little patch of land they are working. This can give us a sense of empowerment.
Growing vegetables results in a healthier diet and can save you money on groceries.
Gardening is often beneficial for people suffering from chronic pain of arthritis. Keeping on the move is a good way to lower the pain.
When you begin your gardening project, you think to yourself how and what you are going to plant, and this encourages creativity.
Finally, and maybe the most important reason to be involved in gardening, is because it simply makes us happy!