While it may not be the first activity you consider exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gardening does in fact qualify as exercise. Not only does gardening impact our physical health, but it supports our mental health as well. Here are just a few of the many benefits gardening has on our health.
It can help maintain a healthy weight
According to the CDC, just 30 minutes of gardening or yard work can burn over 150 calories! Whether mowing the lawn or digging holes for your new plants and flowers, all types of yard work can help keep you physically fit. Before you begin gardening for the day, make sure you stretch and are wearing proper workout clothing to avoid injury.
It supports a healthy immune system
Research has found that gardening may help strengthen your immune system because of the beneficial bacteria found in the soil—a win-win for you and your garden. On top of the healthy bacteria that are present, try growing immune-boosting plants such as elderberries, aloe vera and garlic to continue supporting your immune system.
It provides a sense of community
Gardening allows us to connect with nature but also provides an opportunity to connect with others in your community by joining a community garden. Community gardens are great no matter your gardening experiences and can be used to gain knowledge from more experienced gardeners.
For additional benefits as well as tips for gardening your way to better health, check out the infographic below:
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