Mary has written tons of articles encouraging families to get involved in activities that bring them together. Gardening is one of them.
Gardening is a good idea for many reasons but sadly, it’s underrated. There are many amazing benefits that we can link to gardening; I’m talking about mental health, physical benefits and so much more.
A well-kept garden is one of those things that can instantly brighten your day – the landscape, the colors, what’s not to love? Plus, you know how fulfilling that stuff is? Everyone loves to see the product of their labor and it’s amazing to see a small seed bud, blossom, and produce fruits right before your eyes.
Before I go any further, here’s a list of seven reasons why gardening is a great idea.
One by-product of growing your own fruits and veggies is a heightened sense of creativity
1. It’s a great way to burn calories
Gardening is an activity that makes you burn calories without your knowledge or permission. Personally, I’ve found that’s the best way to shed weight. It’s easy to get self-conscious at the gym and obsess over number of calories, but with gardening, you’re working out unconsciously.
Tilling the soil, working on it, and even taking sweet breaks to run around and be silly, can be great ways to burn calories. If you want to burn more, you can increase your physical activity in the garden. Don’t try to do too much in a short time. Increase your workload gradually to prevent body aches and pains.
2. It helps you eat healthy
Have you ever heard the saying “You are what you eat?” It’s true!
The best way to be sure of what you eat is to plant your food. So many of our food supplies are GMOs (genetically modified products) that cause damage to our body system in the long run.
With terminal illnesses, deadly viruses, and whatnot on the rise, one good thing you can do for yourself is to grow your own food.
Growing a few fruits and veggies will help to improve your diet. You can increase your vegetable intake for more vitamins and minerals. This will boost your immune system and ward off diseases.
3. Gardening aids family bonding
Several studies have reportedly found that families involved in gardening grow closer (especially families that grow and eat more vegetables). Gardening is important not just to individuals but also to families. Many people who had this as a part of their childhood love to continue with it as adults.
Imagine the excitement of a kid looking forward to evenings when they can take a break from schoolwork and let their hair down with the rest of the family in the garden. Today’s kid might initially think it’s lame and would rather use an iPad, but don’t be discouraged. Keep involving them and watch how involved they gradually become. Weeding, watering the plants, singing, playing catch, and water fights can be so much fun when the whole family gets in on it.
4. Gardening relieves stress
Gardening helps you relax. It’s not the kind of relaxation you get from sleep, but working the ground has a way of relieving stress and taking the tension off your shoulders. I would say that seeing what you labored over come alive has a way of easing your stress.
5. It aids learning
Gardening nurtures learning in regular and consistent gardeners, not those who do it occasionally. It aids curiosity, a sense of adventure, and a mindset to study and learn at all times. It’s basically a real-life classroom because you get to watch science in action.
It inspires gardeners to ask questions not just about gardening but also about life and not settle with whatever comes their way. Gardening fosters the mindset of a manufacturer. It helps one to ponder or ask questions about how things are made. It’s also cool how it encourages a problem-solving mindset. When children learn gardening, it provides them with a hands-on learning environment that facilitates research, curiosity, and collaborative problem-solving.
6. It awakens your taste buds
Gardening awakens your taste buds and inspires you to try out new things. One by-product of growing your own fruits and veggies is a heightened sense of creativity. Just seeing the results of your hard work and dedication sparks something in you; makes you want to make as many interesting dishes as possible. You can even experiment and create your own food recipes. It just comes naturally.
7. It is economical
Gardening helps you save money. If you used to buy fruits and vegetables, try to notice the amount of money you save when you start gardening. You’ll be impressed and inspired to continue planting.
I’m sure there are so many more reasons why gardening is a good idea. Have you experienced any yourself?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.