Benefits of Gardening As a Healthy Hobby for All Age People
Gardening is one of those pastimes which brings happiness and health for all age people. There are a lot of benefits of gardening which show the importanc of this hobby. The physical benefits of fresh air and exercise are perhaps the most obvious, but emotional and psychological benefits cannot be ignored.
"Ever wonder why God placed Adam and Eve in a garden?" Upson said. "The reason is that gardening is good for you!".
Steve Upson, horticulturist for the Ardmore-based Noble Foundation says, 'The older I get, the more aware I become of the importance of physical activity in maintaining my health," Upson said. "Numerous studies show that regular physical activity reduces the risk of premature death, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, and certain types of cancer."
Gardening contributes to physical health, since activities such as digging, planting, weeding, and harvesting are all part of three types of physical activity: endurance, flexibility, and strength.
"Gardening is a labor of love. Exercise is just plain labor," Upson observed. "Human nature suggests that you're going to do something you love much more frequently than something you don’t love. Given the choice between a treadmill and gardening, I'll take the garden anytime."
These are some benefits of gardening in addition to being an enjoyable hobby.
• Positive Impact on health
Same as doing exercise, gardening burns many calories. When gardening, you will be doing activities such as mowing the lawn, cut the plants, trim pots, planting flowers and watering the plants. Gardening activities will burn between 280 calories to 380 calories per hour. The number of calories burned is the same with sexual activity during the three hours or the equivalent of jogging or running for 30 minutes or run a distance of 2.5 km. Even gardening can burn more calories than cycling. Gardening is equivalent to a workout at the gym that will spend a lot of money. In addition, this activity strongly supports the physical and psychological health. Gardening activities are also beneficial for men’s health, especially in matters of sex. Gardening can overcome the problem of impotence or erectile dysfunction for men. For men, gardening will reduce the risk of impotence.
• Reduce stress levels
Gardeners also can reduce stress levels a person. After finishing the day or a week full of busy and stressful, it would be nice to go home and start gardening at the end of the day or on weekends. Gardening activities can serve as stress relief, pain and frustration. In addition, while waiting for plants to germinate and flower buds, it will help someone to train your patience and look forward with positive thoughts. For those who are elderly (seniors), gardening activities also have many benefits. Taking care for plants can make the elderly feel that they still needed and would not be lonely. For those who are experiencing mental health problems or have psychological disorders, gardening activities also have a positive impact. With gardening, one can feel comfortable and calm. Especially when working on the garden with plants and flowers are beautiful and quiet neighborhood. Furthermore, caring for flowers and gardening activities can help a person gain confidence. However, gardening is not only benefiting people who carry out the activity but also others. People who live or be around the house with beautiful gardens would also benefit. Some research shows that people will feel more comfortable with the environment that many green plants.
• Curing illness and accelerate the process of health recovery
Some patients found the hospital will recover faster if located in a green environment or are in a room that has an indoor plant. When measured blood pressure and heart rate, patients who are in the treatment period and then be in a green environment will heal faster. So if a family member is sick, then by making a beautiful home gardening can accelerates the healing of family members. In addition, with gardening, it can reduce a person’s blood pressure so avoid hypertension.
Gardening activities was also able to help people with diabetes as the number of calories burned, will directly influence the levels of sugar in the body.
• Extend the age of life
As health is more stable and calm mind, then this will affect the age. Results showed that people who enjoy gardening have on average live longer durations than those who do not like gardening. Sure, gardening is fun. You can have a beautiful little garden in your home or garden area filled with green trees unsightly eye. This activity is also a lot of fun in addition to the benefits. Try to start making your yard become greener with gardening.
Useful links and resouces:
- Researchers at Kansas State University already have shown that gardening can offer enough moderate physical activity to keep older adults in shape.
* 'Benefits of Gardening' at 'Backyard Gardening'