Gardening can be therapeutic for many people. It can also be rewarding for the simple satisfaction that comes from creating something beautiful or growing your own food. Gardening can also be a creative way to reach that common New Year’s resolution of leading a healthier, fitter life.
1. It can provide you with fresh, organic produce. If you choose to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other edible plants, a garden can open the door to healthy eating. Not only will it make these foods more immediately available, but it will also provide you with homegrown, organic produce—which is invariably tastier and healthier than many mass-grown products. Being healthy never tasted so good.
2. Working in a garden works you out, even if you don’t realize it. Anyone who has worked in a garden knows that working in a garden is hard work. Though you may not feel it until the next morning, pulling weeds, hauling soil, planting, and digging will work out your entire body.
3. Larger gardens are a great place to exercise. If there’s enough space, gardens can be a great place to work out. Paths provide a place to jog, while benches can be good bases for gravity workouts. Trees, fence posts, and grassy areas provide an area for stretching out. For the more serious athlete, other workout equipment can be added—such as a pull up bar or exercise beams. Gardens are a serene place to promote fitness.
4. Gardens promote mental health. Our daily lives can be full of stress, and simply spending some quiet time in a garden can lessen the weight we feel from our fast-paced lives. Gardens promote tranquility and can therefore help us stay mentally healthy.
The regular physical activity required for gardening can reduce the risk of disease and illness as well. When extra calisthenics and fitness exercises are added in as well, it does so even more. Gardens are a great place for meditation and quiet time, and are natural stress relievers.