Soil and Smiles: The Health Benefits of Gardening

“Time spent in the garden is never wasted,” said every grandmother and hobbyist gardener ever. 

I mean, I don’t have actual proof of this, but I ask you, dear reader, to suspend disbelief for the next 500 or so words. 

Last time, we presented the health benefits of pretzels, and today I am about to water your mind with the flourishing health benefits of gardening, from a gardener’s vibrant rosy cheeks to the unspeakable joy of non-photosynthetic beings nurturing plants into life.

Heart-healthy and as Humble as a Compost Heap

Did you know that gardening is an excellent cardiovascular exercise? 

It is. 

According to some folks in white lab coats, gardening could lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Plus, gardening is far more entertaining than the typical run-around-the-block, and honestly, less judgmental than a gym mirror. Have you ever tried wrestling with an uncooperative rose bush? If that doesn’t get your heart racing, I’m not sure what will.

Gardening Can Relieve Stress

Gardening is the original stress ball. 

It turns out that playing in the dirt isn’t just for kids. You get to vent your frustrations on those pesky dandelions (or whatever plant is on your hit list), and before you know it, voila, no more stress!

Studies have found that gardening significantly reduces cortisol levels (that’s the stress hormone for those of you who skipped Biology 101). So, every time you’re elbow deep in compost, just remember: you’re also neck-deep in tranquility.

You Bask in the Vitamin D Limelight

Unless you’ve learned the art of nocturnal gardening, spending time with your petunias generally means basking in the sunlight. 

As we know, sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, essential for bone health and a good mood. Don’t underestimate the power of a good dose of sunshine. It can make your day brighter, your smile wider, and give your body the power it needs to help absorb calcium. 

But remember, wear sunscreen; you want to be a garden enthusiast, not a walking tomato.

It Does the Brain Good

Working in the garden demands skill and strategy,which can keep your cognitive functions sharp.

Research suggests that the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia. 

The next time your friends ask why you’re out in the garden talking to your plants, just tell them you’re in a high-level strategic meeting.


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