Whether you have acres of land or a simple garden bed on your window sill, gardening can be an extremely beneficial hobby both mentally and physically. Gardening has an amazing way to fill the person with pride and happiness when their flowers or veggies grow to be big and healthy. This pride and happiness can help their mental health, and the physical exercise that may go into gardening can help with muscle strength and bone health.
No matter what you are thinking of gardening, it can have the same benefits to you. However, there are always safety concerns that go along with it. If your knees or hips are starting to hurt you, there are adjustments to be made in the gardening process, and thankfully, that doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening altogether.
Benefits of Gardening
While benefits can be both mental and physical, there are some great specifics that come from it. Since it is a form of physical activity, gardening can help with flexibility and mobility. Along with that it can help with strength and endurance. Depending on where and how you are choosing to garden, there can be a lot of walking, squatting, bending over, and picking things up. All of these things can be great to help keep your muscles strong and your fine motor skills up to par with your activities. Gardening is a great way to keep the active senior lifestyle in a fun way.
As well as physical, gardening has amazing effects on your mental health as well. One of these beings is as simple as getting sunlight. Humans can relate quite closely to plants as we both need lots of water and sunlight to stay happy and healthy. Just going outside in the sun for small periods of the day can boost the serotonin in your body. Gardening can also help you relax and lower stress levels. On top of that, if you are gardening with your family or friends or just talk about your garden with people, it can help with your social interaction and keep yourself active in your friend circle. Not to mention that if you grow vegetables, you end up with some very delicious results.
Precautions to Take
Gardening could be considered to have a lot of physical movement involved and it is important to keep track of what your body can handle. That being said, there are tools out there to help you maintain your garden even if you are unable to bend over as well as you used to.
Raising your garden beds can help make sure you are not bending over as much, as well as creating vertical planting methods like walls and porches. You could also attach tape or foam onto your gardening tools to be able to grip that better or to have a soft grip if the metal or wood is too hard.
You will be outside most likely, and even if it is in the shade, you will want to make sure to wear the proper attire and sunscreen to protect your body from any overheating or sunburn.
While there are precautions to take when gardening, that doesn’t stop the fun and the pride you will feel when you do get that first flower to sprout or first perfectly ripe tomato. Adding a simple gardening bed to your window sill could be the change you need in the spring and summer.