When you hear the word gardening, what is your first thought? Is it insects? Dirt? Your favorite grandma? Many people view gardening as something that is boring, but there are many exciting benefits of having your own indoor and/or outdoor garden. No matter what you grow, gardening can help you to improve your physical and mental health in more ways than one.
Lets Get Physical
If it’s not already obvious, gardening keeps you very active. Raking/shoveling dirt around, pulling weeds and watering your garden burns more calories than you think. Combined, these activities can burn up to 600 calories per hour! Who needs a gym when there’s nature?
In addition to physical activity, gardening allows you to track exactly where your food comes from and what goes into it. If you’ve ever picked fresh produce from a garden, you know that it tastes way different– and better– than produce from a grocery store. Having your own garden provides a way for you to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Inevitably your health will improve and you’ll be able to avoid food-related illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Peace of Mind
Not everyone has a large backyard to garden in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from gardening as well! Indoor gardens are a spectacular way to liven up your home and improve your emotional health. Horticultural Therapy is an ancient practice that helps to reduce stress and improve your quality of life. Growing plants gives you a sense of responsibility and seeing your hard work flourish can be significantly rewarding. Horticultural Therapy has been proven to help those struggling with depression, anxiety and a wide range of mental illness. Growing specific types of plants can aide in healing various ailments of the mind. Gardening keeps the brain sharp, helping to reduce the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 50 percent.
Small Budget? No Problem!
I know what you’re thinking: who has money to spend on a pretty garden? The good news is you don’t have to spend much, if any, money to start your own indoor or outdoor garden. Upcycling is a growing trend in the gardening world that involves recycling just about anything and making it a new home for your plants. You can use bottles, cans, or even old shoes to bring your garden to life. By repurposing things that can be reused, you help keep the earth clean of the harmful products that contribute to global warming. You can even repurpose certain produce by planting the scraps in your recycled planter!
Boss lady, Vashtie, recently bought five new flower arrangements for her apartment. Although her house is already decorated with awesome art, the flowers add a subtle beauty to the more in-your-face art they’re placed around. No doubt that they help her with transcendental meditation, too!