Gardening for Health
Gardening is form of activity that can be undertaken by anyone – young, old, or people with disabilities. Its health and therapeutic benefits are well known.
Gardening has long been recognised as a great form of exercise – it encourages endurance, flexibility and strength. Gardening is also good for mental health as breathing in the fresh air and experiencing the outdoors and the growth of new plants and life is uplifting and relieves stress.
When gardening think about it as a structured fitness regime. Alternate a lighter activity such as pruning, with a heavier activity such as digging holes. Stretching before you begin and concentrating on deep breathing while you work will help with the feeling that the routine is an exercise workout.
Enjoy working in the garden as family. Children love to be involved in working with you and planting and watching the garden grow – it is even more fun if you can eat the produce as well, but remember not to use chemicals on the plants if you plan on doing this.
Gardening rates with bicycling and walking as a form of moderate exercise – but as with all exercise the best benefits are to be obtained when it is continued for at least thirty minutes.
Gardening is such a good form of exercise as it relies on natural body movements. Core muscles are being refined and perfected to support the spine. Stretching and bending assists with keeping the body supple and strong.
It is also a great idea to squat when gardening, so that the hip joint is kept moving and also a mass of muscles are used when daily squatting. You can squat to plant, or weed.
To avoid stiffness the next day, work at these forms of exercise slowly.
Practice balancing to improve your neural pathways as you age. It will make you sure footed and hopefully help you to avoid any falls later in life. Stand on one leg while pruning and stretch to reach the spot you need to prune.
If your home is light and airy, you and your family will be more likely to be drawn outdoors and into the garden for healthful gardening and play. Bifold doors and interior folding systems are great for creating light and extra space inside your home. When you have a party and invite groups of people opening up these doors will make your entertaining space bigger and lighter and more inviting. Then, to draw guests and family outside into the garden, opening up exterior folding doors or having sliding doors will mean this can be more easily accomplished. You can then use pleated insect screens to keep those pesky insects away while you are enjoying the beautiful outdoors and the garden you have worked so hard to create and maintain.