As they say, “April showers bring May flowers!” If you live in Florida, you’re probably thinking that we haven’t had many showers this April. It has been a very dry month. For the rest of you, though, you might be saying a different story. And, with the weather starting to get warmer up north, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your garden this year. While this may be one of your favorite hobbies, you’ll love it even more when I share these 5 surprising health benefits of gardening.
Gardening Relieves Stress
Based on a study conducted by the Wageningen University and Research Center, gardening could play a part in reducing stress levels. They found that gardening reduced the level of cortisol, which is the stress hormone!
Gardening Boosts Your Immune System
If you do any gardening at all, you know that soil comes with plenty of germs and bacteria. I know what you’re thinking…that does not sound like something you want on your hands. Believe it or not, this exposure to microorganisms, especially for young children, could help to increase your immunity against diseases.
Gardening’s a Great Workout
Gardening may not seem like hard work until you try it. The amount of exertion really depends on the size of the garden. For instance, if you have to mow, aerate, or shovel, you’ll get a great workout. And, pruning can increase the strength in your upper body. One study actually found that 3 hours of moderate gardening could equal 1 hour in the gym!
Gardening Makes You Happy
If you’re feeling blue, go play in the dirt! Dirt contains a natural antidepressant called Mycobacterium vaccae. According to research conducted by Bristol University and University College London, this particular antidepressant microbe causes cytokine levels to increase, which in turn boosts the production of serotonin.
Gardening Stimulates Your Brain
Gardening is an activity that includes a bit of everything. It includes physical exercise, social interactions, cognitive learning, and more. As reported on CNN, two studies have found that gardening could have a positive influence in reducing the risk of dementia for people in their 60s and 70s!
Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!