Benefits of Gardening

Do you have a green thumb? Did you know that there’s great health benefits to gardening? If you didn’t have a green thumb, maybe it’s time to start digging in the dirt!

Physical Benefits

Gardening comes with a whole slew of physical benefits!  Have you ever gone out to weed the vegetable patch and realized a day or two later that you’re muscles were a little less-than-conditioned for those movements?  That’s because the movements involved in gardening are the same that improve flexibility, bone strength, and muscle tone!  (Thefix.com)

 

Mental Benefits

Gardening has been show to relive stress as well as increase the levels of dopamine (neurochemical that has to do with feelings of pleasure).  A harmless bacteria found in soil is believed to have an affect on serotonin, which in turn lowers the level of anxiety found in your brain.  Essentially, gardening is a free antidepressant!

Still not convinced?  Food that is grown and harvested from your own garden has many more nutritional benefits than food purchased from the grocery store.