Protect your back whilst enjoying the health benefits of pottering in your garden.
It is that time of the year that the sun is starting to shine and the surrounding countryside is full of golden daffodils, fragrant blossoms and bouncing lambs. Just the motivation needed to get ourselves outdoors and start think about our own gardening needs and jobs.
According to an article in Organic Lesson, gardening has some great health benefits too:
- Providing Stress Relief. Based on a study conducted by the Wageningen University and Research Center, gardening could play a part in reducing stress levels. Results from the study suggest that gardening can help reduce the level of cortisol, the stress hormone.
- Strengthening Your Immune System Soil comes with plenty of germ and bacteria, however, exposure to these microorganisms, especially for young children, could help increase their immunity against diseases later on in life. If you are a parent then it makes sense to get your children involved in gardening activities
- Gardening Work Out Gardening may not seem like hard work until you try it. The amount of exertion needed for gardening really depends on the size of the garden. That’s why it is an interesting statistic that 3 hours of gardening can equate to 1 hour in a gym.
- Bacteria Buddies According to research, this particular antidepressant microbe causes cytokine levels to increase, which in turns boosts the production of serotonin, said to improve the immune system
- A Healthier Diet Growing your own fruit and vegetables can only improve your eating habits
- Stimulating the Brain As reported on CNN, two studies have found that gardening could have a positive influence in reducing the risks of dementia for people in their 60s and 70s.
So get out there and enjoy the benefits and rewards that a beautiful garden has to offer, however remember to take care of your back! Here is some great advice from the British Chiropractic Association on how to best protect your back whilst enjoying your time pottering in your garden