Surprising health benefits of gardening
If you’re looking for ways to stay fit and healthy, chances are exercise ranks high on the list. Lifting weights can help maintain and even strengthen muscles while yoga can boost your flexibility and balance. But have you ever thought of gardening?
Gardening, no matter your age, is a physical activity that can reap many unexpected health benefits. “When I think of the health benefits of gardening the first most obvious benefit is getting outside and into the fresh air,” says Gwenn Fried, manager of horticultural therapy at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation in New York City. But there are plenty more benefits for the mind, body, and soul. Also, check out the medicinal herbs you can grow in your garden.
Read on down below to learn the surprising health benefits of gardening.
Makes you (and your kids) love veggies
Were you the kid who fed your peas to the dog under the table? Faked a stomach ache every time Brussels sprouts were served? Ordered a salad with extra ranch, hold the lettuce? Simply growing older may not have changed your feelings about eating your greens, but growing your own vegetables just might. A 2017 review of studies published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that kids who were introduced to gardening ate more fruit and veggies. Here are the healthy vegetables you’re about to realize are downright delicious.