If you’re not the biggest fan of working out but enjoy planting, weeding and pruning, then you’re in luck, as new research has suggested that gardening is just as good for you as going to the gym.
That’s right, dig out your tools and roll up your sleeves because getting down and dirty in your garden will not only make your home look amazing, but it has great health benefits for you too.
The long-term study, which was conducted using more than 11 years of data and nearly 90,000 participants across the world, measured the ‘leisure time physical activity’ of each individual over a variety of weeks. These activities included pretty much anything that was deemed more enjoyable than going to the gym, such as gardening, dancing, or even justgoing for a walk.
Once measured, this information was then compared to various forms of death including cancer and cardiovascular disease, and it was found that doing these activities for 10 to 59 minutes per week led to an 18 per cent lower risk of death during the survey period.
The results showed that the more time participants spent doing this kind of physical activity, the less their risks of death, with 150 to 299 minutes of activity per week resulting in a 31 per cent decrease in mortality.
However, this isn’t the first time gardening has been proven to improve our health. The outdoor activity has long been known to help make positive health changes, such as decreasing depression, anxiety and body mass index.
More specifically, it provides huge benefits for the elderly too, as gardening has not only been linked to increases in quality of life, life satisfaction and sense of community but is also believed to reduce stress, falls and even the need for medication in some cases.
Is there anything a spot of gardening can’t fix?