3 Untold Physical Benefits of Gardening
Any type of exercise is good. Most people don’t get even half of the recommended amount of exercise for their age group. Gardening is a fun hobby that can contribute to physical fitness because gardening helps to build physical fitness in several ways. Regular physical exercise helps people ward off serious illness like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and even some types of cancer. In addition to warding off disease, exercise helps people by improving essential physical fitness traits like:
1) Endurance – It can take many hours of squatting, walking, and otherwise moving in the garden to get your garden ready to be planted, plant, and then to maintain the garden after it’s planted. The more physical aspects of gardening like tilling the soil, planting, and weeding help to build endurance and help condition the heart. Gardening can be a wonderful way for older people to stay fit in a gentle way that doesn’t strain their joints or muscles.
2) Flexibility – It can be hard to maintain a good level of flexibility if you work in an office and sit at a desk all day, or if you don’t get to move around very much. If you have a condition that makes it difficult for you to move around, it’s even more important that you stay flexible than it is for other people so that you don’t become crippled. Gardening involves many different active poses that will help increase your flexibility and keep you young and healthy.
3) Strength – Even though you won’t get buff from gardening performing normal gardening tasks and using garden implements like tillers and hauling around bags of soil and mulch, it can help to significantly increase your strength. Gardening is a lot more fun than lifting weights, and you’ll be amazed at how much strength you can gain just from simple gardening tasks.
Gardening has many other physical benefits that can help people feel younger and stay fit. Gardening is a great activity for older people who need gentle exercise but also need to stay mobile and active. In addition to the many physical benefits that gardening has, there are a wide range of mental benefits that gardening provides.