Get Your Hands Dirty…Literally

Get Your Hands Dirty…Literally

Gardening is one of our favorite spring time activities because it's beneficial for both the mind and body. Not to mention, depending on what you garden, it can be beneficial for your bank account as well. Here are some of the many ways, gardening can help your body and mind feel at ease and healthy. Stress Relief & Improved Mood We live in a very stressful society. We're constantly in information overload with our phones, computers, TVs, etc., and it can all be a bit too overwhelming and stressful at times. That's why getting outside and connecting with the simplicity of nature can be very beneficial for the mind. Studies have actually shown that gardening can help lower the stress hormone, cortisol. In one study, a group of individuals were given a stressful task to complete. Following the assignment, the group was randomly assigned to either 30 minutes of gardening or 30 minutes of reading. Cortisol levels were measured, as well as self reporting of mood. Each activity lowered cortisol levels, but decreases were significantly lower in the gardening group. Physical Exercise Gardening helps get your blood moving and muscles working. When gardening, you're constantly moving using a variety of different muscle groups, often over the course of a couple hours. While it's not going to be a high intensity cardio workout, it's still a great low impact form of exercise that happens to be enjoyable as well! Nutrition There's just something about eating fresh produce that tastes so much better than produce from grocery stores. Especially when it comes from your own garden! Growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs is a great way to help yourself eat more fruits and veggies while also saving you some money! It's a win-win situation when you grow your own produce. Even if you only grow a few of your favorite fruits or veggies, it's still beneficial. In our garden, we like to grow bell peppers, habaneros, tomatoes, eggplant, and select herbs because we love those foods and they come in really well!  So pick some of your favorites and give it a try!

Gardening is a wonderful way to disconnect from the constant noise and distractions present in our daily lives. So, get outside and channel your inner green thumb this spring! Your body and mind will thank you greatly.

  Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20522508