Gardening is good for your health!

September 13, 2017

While those with green fingers may be aware of the health benefits of gardening, many of us may not consider pottering around the garden as much of a workout. Yet various research studies have proven that gardening is rather healthy, both for your physical and mental wellbeing.

So, what are you waiting for? Browse our extensive wooden garden shed collection and get out in the garden! We design, manufacture and build an extensive range of sheds and wooden workshops, giving you a place to store all those gardening tools, compost bags, plants, seeds. So there really is no excuse!

The results of gardening are in…

Prolonged gentle exercise, such as gardening, burns calories. A study conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA indicated that one hour of light gardening can burn up to 330 calories. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute highlights that gardening can help to reduce high blood pressure.

Activities such as gardening, swimming and jogging are known to reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease, dementia, obesity (by as much as 62 percent) and other diseases, and strengthen our immune systems.

Gardening has also been linked to an increase in brain activity and can even lower anxiety, stress and depression. In fact, ‘horticultural therapy’ can even benefit stroke patients, those recovering from physical trauma, and people with disabilities.

One leading UK charity, Thrive, aims to help people suffering from mental health issues and disabilities, as CEO Kathryn Rossiter told The Telegraph: “As well as the strong therapeutic value of gardening it can help people connect with others, reducing feelings of isolation. It makes us more active, gaining both physical and mental health benefits”.

Back to nature

Heck, gardening is even linked to improving our relationships and compassion! Research suggests that those who care for nature are more likely to care for people. In addition, spending a great deal of time in nature and wildlife has been proven to increase people’s compassion towards our environment.

In today’s technology-fuelled world, we are more likely to be connected to our social media accounts, emails and phones, rather than forming a connection with our natural environments. Getting out into the garden, digging the weeds, planting flowers and vegetation or mulching the beds may just prove a healing tool. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol also reported that bacteria found in soil (Mycobacterium vaccae) may have a positive effect on our moods – mice exposed to the soil were shown to have higher levels of serotonin (the happy brain chemical).

The detox diet

If you’re a fan of gardening, why not prepare your garden for growing fruits and vegetables? Easy access to this fresh produce will encourage people to eat more healthy foods. In addition, growing your own fruit and veg is a great way to get the kids involved with gardening, and they’ll love eating food that they have helped to grow.

Not only that, but homegrown produce is often tastier and organic than shop-bought foods. This is because it is not grown with fertilisers, pesticides or preservatives, and is, therefore, richer in nutrients.

Contact Sheds To Last today

We hope that you’ve been inspired to get out in the garden and start pruning, pruning and planting to your heart’s content! And if you do require a wonderful garden shed to store your equipment, we are happy to help you there. Our pressure treated sheds are made using the highest quality materials, are sturdy and come with a range of customisable options.

Contact Shed To Last today for more information on 01392 690 378 or drop us a line at info@shedstolast.co.uk. You can also fill out our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to as soon as possible.