What's GOOD about gardening?

CandideSA
Published on April 19th 2019
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Today we’re celebrating all things good, especially gardening!
Anyone from a newbie gardener to a gardening guru can benefit from the calming effects of mulching, potting, pruning or weeding.
Here are 10 good reasons to get gardening:

1. Improves immune system

Spending time in the sun increases the absorption of vitamin D, which in turn helps the body absorb calcium to keep your bones and immune system healthy.

2. Burns calories

Gardening is hard work and can burn as many as 330 calories in one hour. Swopping your gym membership for gardening five times a week might be a very feasible idea.
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3. Relieves stress

Gardening requires a lot of physical activity and helps to release a group of feel-good hormones (endorphins) which makes one feel relaxed and satisfied. Also, being outside in sunlight is an instant mood booster.

4. Reduces the risk of stroke

Numerous studies have shown that gardening lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease, and can prolong your life by up to as much as 30%.

5. Improves diet and gut health

Several studies show that gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables than their peers and people who grow their food tend to eat (and be) healthier.

6. Anger therapy

Ever wanted to get rid of that built up tension after a rough day? Simply doing some heavy digging or serious pruning can help you blow off some steam. Did we mention it’s free?

7. Creates a sense of responsibility

Growing and maintaining a garden creates a sense of responsibility, purpose and ownership.

8. Enhances the sensory system

Gardening engages all senses, like smelling fresh herbs, feeling the soil between your fingers and listening to the bees buzzing around the blooms. This is especially valuable for the development and education of young children as it stimulates their sensory awareness.
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9. Channels your inner creative

Gardening helps inspire creativity and allows individuals to express themselves in unique ways. It offers an outlet to connect with oneself, one’s dreams and one’s passions by creating a space to reflect, nurture and grow. Being creative makes for happy humans.

10. Live in the moment!

Much has been written about connecting with nature and spending time in the great outdoors. Gardening encourages one to focus on the task at hand and by doing so living in the here and now. Everyday stressors dwindle as one gains a peaceful and grounded state of mind.
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Lots to see

Making plans to stay local or explore a new area? Use the Places map to explore and find out more details of gardens around your current location. To find gardens and garden centres near you download our free app.
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