Gardening: A wonderful way to support your health and wellbeing
Posted: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:13
National Gardening Week is the nation's biggest celebration of gardening and raises awareness of the difference that gardens and gardening can make to the lives of everyone in the UK. Join us this April as we step outdoors and reap the benefits gardening can bring!
Gardening is proven to have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing and, as we spend more time at home, the benefits are more prominent than ever before.
According to a recent survey, 52% of people in Britain have experienced feeling alone, but more than half of adults enjoy being surrounded by greenery and a further 53% said it boosts their mood.
Gardening can help us to spend more time with household members and loved ones, improve our cognitive ability, reduce anxiety and depression, improve flexibility, and keep supple, reduce tiredness and fatigue and increase social contact and a sense of belonging.
What's more, simple exercises such as pushing a lawnmower, painting garden fences and digging can all contribute to our 150 weekly minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer.
At Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire, we know that sweating in a gym, running for miles or being tackled on a football pitch isn't for everyone. Whether you want to help teach the kids about nature, connect with your local community, grow your own fruit and veg or enjoy the aesthetics of a beautiful garden, you can take advantage of the many benefits gardening can bring!
We'd love to see and share your experiences this #NationalGardeningWeek so be sure to tag us in your photos @ActiveHW.