One of the most popular pleasures is gardening. About two-thirds of Germans own a garden. After work or on the weekend, we weed, dig and maintain the lawn.
Science has long confirmed that gardening is good for your health. Moving and working in the garden is a balm for body and soul. Planting, tending, and harvesting reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, trains muscles, and improve sleep.
Why is gardening healthy?
Prevents back pain
Gardening promotes muscle building and, at the same time, is a workout for almost all muscle groups. Back pain can be avoided by strengthening muscles. The prerequisite for this, however, is the correct posture when planting, sowing, weeding, and harvesting.
Is good for building bones
Strong muscles ensure the healthy development of the bones. Daylight or sunlight promotes the production of vitamin D. This strengthens the bones.
Is good for the heart
Gardening is good for the cardiovascular system. It leads to a steady heart rate, ensures a calm pulse, and lowers blood pressure. In addition, working in the garden promotes heart-protecting HDL cholesterol.
Strengthens the immune system
Exercising in the fresh air stimulates the immune system.
Staying in the fresh air causes the respiratory volume to increase by around 50%. Deeper breathing stimulates the metabolism and increases wellbeing.
Lift the mood
Working in the great outdoors promotes the release of happiness hormones. This lifts the mood. Problems and worries become less important when dealing with plants.
Decelerates and relaxes the body
Gardening’s relaxing and calming influence aids in forgetting and letting go of the frantic pace and tension of daily work.
Prevents sleep before
The “happiness hormone” serotonin released in daylight regulates the sleep-wake cycle in conjunction with the “sleep hormone” melatonin. Gardening in daylight and in the fresh air regulates the sleep-wake cycle. This has a positive effect on healthy and restful sleep.
Leads to a healthier diet
If you plant fruits and vegetables in addition to flowers, this has another advantage. You benefit from a healthier diet. The fruit and vegetables are grown in their own garden and are pesticide-free. Furthermore, long transportation is no longer required.
What should beginners watch out for when gardening?
Are you already really looking forward to stocking up on sachets of seed and swinging the shovel? Great, but read these expert’ tips first:
Take care of your body
“If you spend a lot of time on your knees, repeat movements a lot, or pull heavy things out of your back, your joints can be damaged.” Therefore, always listen to your body when it reaches its limits. To protect him, it is always better to lift things out of your legs (like a squat) and if you can no longer perform a movement properly, take a one or 2-day break. To protect your hands, gardening (from € 7.78) gloves are like those from Nitrous.
Put on lotion and drink water
You might get a lot of UV radiation even on foggy days. To prevent sunburn or skin cancer, you should always apply good lotion. “Headgear protects the scalp from the rays and also from sunstroke. In addition, you should definitely drink a lot, because sweating and being in the sun will lose a lot of water.
Sometimes enjoy the results
Not only the work but also the view into the green and breathing the fresh air is good for body and mind. “Taking the time to watch the garden grow, maybe smell a blossom or feel a leaf – it slows you down and is good for you. It can even have an effect similar to meditation.
Make it easy for yourself
Gardening should be challenging but not overwhelming. “If gardening is an item on the to-do list, you lose the relaxing effect. So don’t mess yourself up and layout your garden in such a way that you enjoy it. For example, choose easier-to-care for regional plants instead of exotic plants, or just let part of your lawn grow wild. Both are even more sustainable and better for bees, butterflies, and other animals.
Get help with serious difficulties. This applies to physical complaints on the one hand: If you have joint problems, for example, you shouldn’t just go gardening wildly, but first, see a doctor. But professional help can also help with mental problems. “Gardening helps, for example, to reduce tension; people with special clinical pictures should, however, be accompanied by trained therapists.
Gardening is suitable for anyone who likes to be active and outdoors (or who wants to be). Whether you put your fitness in the foreground or want to let your mind wander is entirely up to you. The rule is: everything can, nothing has to, it always makes you healthy and happy.