50 Ways to Stay Well #19 – Gardening

In a world where healthy food is costly and we turn to take out to feed our families, gardening has been growing in popularity as a way to get outside, get active, and to grow organic foods in our own backyards or even terraces. In addition to being a source of fresh, healthy produce, gardening can ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your mood.

The sensory experience of gardening (crouching and digging in dirt) is a relief from our increasing indoor and sedentary lifestyles.  Besides the mental (stress relief) and physical health benefits (time in the sun and fresh air, movement), gardening has been shown to improve the brain. Two separate studies that followed people in their 60s and 70s for up to 16 years found, respectively, that those who gardened regularly had a 36% and 47% lower risk of dementia than non-gardeners, even when a range of other health factors were taken into account.

Don’t think you need a big plot of land. Container gardening is when you plant a few items in individual containers to keep on a deck or other small outdoor space.

Lethbridge Resources

Articles

Campus Roots                                    Why gardening is good for your health (CNN)
Lethbridge & District Horticultural Society 7 Secrets to Successful Container Gardening (Canadian Living)
Greenhaven Garden Centre  The best benefit of gardening? Mental health improvement (The Telegraph)

2 Comments

  • Carmen // itsCarmen.com June 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I’m definitely looking to expand my garden! Currently, I only have a few herbs here & there. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

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    • Rachel June 17, 2017 at 6:31 am

      It’s good to start somewhere! I’m learning as I go too. My grandparents always had huge gardens so I hope to one day get to their level. 🙂

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