Spring is the right time to take up gardening and to devote to the care of the vegetable garden, hobbies that can not only give us a lot of satisfaction, but can also bring great benefits to our health and improve our quality of life.
Practicing at least 30 minutes a day of gardening is equivalent to moderate sports activity. This occupation, free of side effects, lends itself easily to be carried out by both the elderly and children, who in this way have the opportunity to learn to take care of the environment and have fun at the same time.
Here are the 5 immediate benefits of gardening for our health:
1. Reduce stress and fight depression. Taking care of plants and working outdoors has great benefits for psychological well-being and mental health. The combination of physical activity, contact with nature, cognitive stimulation and satisfaction with your work is in fact able to fight depression and promote a good mood. Whether you have a large garden or small pots on your balcony, the beneficial effects are guaranteed.
2. Lower risk of heart disease and more vitamin D. In addition to psychological well-being, gardening is also a great ally of the cardiovascular system: stooping, kneeling, hoeing, sowing, can all be considered moderate-intensity physical activities, which have beneficial effects on the heart and circulation. Exposure to natural light is also healthy and recommended because it provides us with a good daily dose of vitamin D, which helps strengthen the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin, a hormone that, among other things, regulates sleep and stimulates appetite and good mood.
3. Train hand strength and precision. As we age, the dexterity and strength in our hands decreases, but with the use of gardening tools, we can train and maintain strong muscles in the upper limbs. To balance fatigue and workload, we also tend to use the non-dominant hand, which is an effective strategy to keep the brain young and well-functioning.
4. Keep the brain healthy and improve memory. According to some scientific research, regularly practicing gardening would reduce the risk of dementia. Working outdoors, keeping in touch with the environment, taking care of plants and flowers: these are all activities that involve important aspects of mental well-being, such as learning, problem solving, dexterity, endurance and sensory awareness.
5. Eat fresh, seasonal produce. Knowing where the fruits and vegetables that end up on our table come from has a huge advantage: it allows us to consume fresh and genuine products on a regular basis.
So what are you waiting for? Now is the ideal time to transform your garden or balcony into an explosion of scents and colors.