By The Brothers Greenhouses' Horticulturist, Sam Maupin
Gardening is America’s number one hobby because it can be enjoyed by nearly everyone. By gardening, you choose to physically interact with your environment in a positive way, and through this process achieve a strengthened sense of place and purpose. By linking various aspects of health, the benefits of gardening can become compounded. For your garden to promote positive health, it must be carefully designed to meet your personal needs.
Physically, gardening is work. The health benefits of regular exercise are well known, and garden chores provide great incentive to get out and get your body moving. Because the garden is a persistently active space, it is a great motivator for keeping up with regular exercise. The physical interaction with the garden also creates the most health hazards. To avoid becoming injured, be realistic about your gardening goals. Time is the ultimate tool of the gardener, so pace yourself for sustainable results in your health.
Gardening has been proven to reduce stress. The negative health effects of stress are physically dangerous, and emotionally draining. Reducing stress through gardening improves your performance in the other complex activities in our daily lives. Without a break from stress our ability to heal is compromised. That is why gardens are being incorporated in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, and homeless shelters. When you choose to participate in the natural processes happening in your environment, you immediately develop a sense of importance and responsibility. The positive feelings associated with this interaction are helping people with conditions ranging attention deficit disorder to depression, and can help anyone recharge their emotional batteries.
Gardening gets us to the core of what it means to live well. Gardens provide us with the best food available, give us places to enjoy leisure with friends and family, and offer us a tangible way to make the world a better place. When we nurture the environment, it nurtures us in return.
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