How gardening can help to make a healthier you

How gardening can help to make a healthier you


Posted 1st May by Peter Byrne

If you needed some encouragement to carry out gardening tasks, we could have just the reasons...

As if having a beautiful outdoor area to sit in over the summer wasn't enough, there's also significant health benefits that could make it an activity that you should embrace, on both a physical and mental level.

There's plenty of benefits to be had from regularly carrying out gardening tasks, as AXA PPP healthcare explain here...

Not only does it help to improve your strength, endurance and flexibility, while also playing a big part in reducing high blood pressure.

Gardening helps the body in the following ways:

Head

Gardeners have been found to have lower levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. This improves our sleeping patterns, leaving us relaxed and improving our mental wellbeing.

Heart

Gardening naturally strengthens the heart as it's a physical activity. This improves our endurance and stamina levels, while also helping to cut the chances of a heart attack or stroke.

Back

Having to rake and bag up leaves leads to continuous bending, lifting, carrying and twisting, which all plays a part in strengthening our muscles. Just ensure you bend at the knee to prevent any back strain.

Arms

Cutting back our hedges with hand-held clippers will work both your triceps and biceps, while also strengthening your core. Work, such as raking and carrying leaves, also works the upper arms and works your flexibility and strength at the same time too.

Abdominals

Whether you’re weeding on your hands and knees, raking, strimming or starting a mower, you'll be working your abs and helping to strengthen your core.

Glutes

You’ll be working your glutes as you squat to weed.

Thighs

Pushing a wheelbarrow and squatting to weed all contribute to stronger quads and hamstrings.

Feet & Ankles

Improve your balance and flexibility thanks to the various positions you'll be taking.

Stomach

Exposing yourself to the soil bacteria actually mean gardeners have a stronger immune system.

Hands

You will improve your hand strength, pinch force and nimbleness thanks to the various tasks you’ll be carrying out in the garden.






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