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Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

The Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

By dedicating some time each day to activities like gardening, seniors can potentially reduce their risk of stroke, improve their overall health, and enjoy the benefits of being active and connected to nature.

Engaging in activities like gardening every day has been shown to have various health benefits, according to a study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Gardening serves as a valuable activity for individuals and their loved ones, encouraging physical movement and promoting good health. And while the various movements involved in gardening contribute to overall fitness and well-being, with the added benefit of a sense of accomplishment and joy.

The benefits of gardening for seniors can include:

Physical activity

It goes without saying that tending to a garden requires consistent care, from starting the garden to weeding it daily which promotes routine activities. Regularly participating in gardening activities has been linked to a decreased risk of stroke. The physical movements involved, such as bending over, crouching, or building raised beds, amount to exercise that benefits both the body and mind. Do not forget safety precautions and remember not to over do anything. Regular relaxation and consuming plenty of water during the gardening is of course a must.

Healthy life

Of course daily activities and Exercise promotes healthier life style as by engaging in tasks such as gardening on a regular basis has been found to lower the chances of having a stroke and contribute to a longer, healthier life, as indicated by a study released in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Satisfaction

Home-grown vegetables  have special appeal, and probably tasting better due to the connection to their source. Similarly, engaging in gardening activities can bring satisfaction, joy and a sense of accomplishment.

Temperament, It goes without saying that spending time outdoors and working in the garden and under the sun, can uplift your mood, spirits and instill a sense of pride and achievement. Engaging in the beauty of growth through gardening can bring joy and contentment, promoting overall well-being.

Mental health

In 2021, the Royal Horticultural Society conducted a study demonstrating the therapeutic advantages of gardening for anxiety, depression, and overall mental wellness. The research revealed that engaging in gardening daily can enhance well-being scores by 6.6% and decrease stress levels by 4.2% in comparison to individuals who do not garden.

Diet

You can probably benefit from a healthier diet, with fresh, home-grown foods offering better nutrition compared to packaged products. Having access to fresh produce at home will for sure enhances dietary quality.

Economy

and of course the economical benefits of growing your own basic produce which may eliminate the need to purchase items like tomatoes, cucumbers, or others daily vegetables. Depending on your favorite vegetable thrive in your planting zone, you can enjoy a fresh harvest in a short period, reducing relying on store-bought items for the summer season. Having access to fresh produce at home reduces grocery trips to the local supermarket.

 

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