Total Health Just a Step Outside
Today we’re joined by guest blogger Ms Cannon from HobbyJr.
For a Total Health Boost, Take a Trip into the Garden
For whatever ails you – whether it’s mental or physical – there’s a good chance that getting out and doing some gardening will help. The overall wellness boost provided by gardening is second to none among home hobbies. Gardening can give you a huge mental health boost, some solid exercise, and help you shed your daily stresses all for a couple hours of enjoyable work. Here’s how.
Gardening as a mental health boost
There are so many ways in which gardening can help you boost your mental health – being outside and soaking up the sun’s rays being one of the biggest benefits. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression and also plays a huge role in addiction recovery.
“Vitamin D produced in the skin from sunlight costs nothing and is more easily absorbed into the body. People in early recovery, whose immune systems may have been heavily impacted by addiction, could especially use vitamin D. Not only does this vitamin help the body in calcium absorption, it’s also responsible for regulating the immune and neuromuscular systems,” says SoberRecovery.com.
Apart from the sunlight, gardening provides a welcome distraction to those recovering from addiction and those with depression issues. For both, an idle mind is an unhealthy mind. Most professionals will suggest that people in recovery latch onto a healthy hobby in order to occupy their mind. When it comes to healthy hobbies, working with your hands and fostering life in an outdoor setting can’t be beat.
Gardening as a workout
Which leads me to this fact: Gardening is a great workout. If that surprises you, you’re not alone. Some people don’t think about gardening as a real form of exercise – but you most certainly should.
Think about it. Gardening requires pulling weeds, carrying heavy plants and rocks, raking, sweeping, digging holes, tilling soil, and getting up and down from a crouched/seated/standing position multiple times. If you’re out there gardening for a couple of hours, you’re going to get a workout.
Just how much of a workout? Well, it’s comparable to light jogging, and is much more work for your body’s muscle groups. Digging and pulling weeds, for example, can burn between 200 and 250 calories an hour. Not only will you see the difference in your muscles and waistline, but this physical activity will help lower your blood pressure, improve joint quality, and more.
Gardening as stress relief
Perhaps the most important reason to spend more time in the garden is this. We are an over-stressed people. We jam pack too much into our days and it leaves us with a dangerous level of stress. Gardening is one of the ultimate stress-relieving activities you can participate in.
Studies have suggested that gardening “promotes neuroendocrine and affective restoration from stress.”
Of course, if you get out in the garden, you don’t need a scientist to tell you it’s helping you de-stress. Working with your hands among nature can’t possibly stress anyone out.
Gardening may not be the cure for everything, but there’s no doubt that people who garden report being happier and healthier. By busting your stress, helping to promote better mental health for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, or on the long hard road of recovery, and giving you a total body workout, gardening is truly one of the world’s most complete, health-boosting hobbies. Plus, who doesn’t love fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers?
Ms. Cannon believes we’re never too young to dedicate ourselves to a hobby. She created HobbyJr to encourage young people to find a hobby they love.
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11/07/2017 / Kit Densley