Gardening For Physical & Mental Health

March 3, 2017
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As well as providing exercise and boosting energy levels, gardening has a whole range of benefits for you to make the most of no matter what your age! Whether you have your own garden, flat, communal garden or an allotment, get outdoors and enjoy nature and start reaping all the benefits for your physical and mental health, which is especially beneficial for seniors for keeping fit and mobile.

With the human attention span shorter than ever, the digital world and social media taking over our everyday lives, and 121 million people worldwide being diagnosed as clinically depressed (according to the World Health Organisation), it’s important to stay connected to nature and the great outdoors and get back to the basics for the benefit of your health.

As well as the vital physical and mental health benefits which gardening provides, there’s also the social, financial and environmental benefits to be aware of as well, which are outlined in the below infographic. Even if you don’t have the luxury of owning your own garden, you can easily start a small herb garden on your balcony, bring nature inside your home, or even try and get your community involved.

April is National Garden Month, so we thought there was no better time than now to put together an infographic, created by UKS Mobility, which outlines all the key benefits of gardening and also some information which you might not have realised. It’s very interesting you know! With seniors particularly in mind, the infographic pinpoints all the important benefits, as well as how you can go about getting started with gardening.

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Infographic gardening

Sources:

http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-06-16/gardening-helps-alzheimers/

​https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/gardening-for-older-people

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/ten-steps-to-beginning-a-garden/

​http://www.econation.co.nz/depression/

​http://gardenculturemagazine.com/beyond-the-garden/experts-report-gardening-health-benefits

​http://greentumble.com/how-do-plants-help-the-environment/

​http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-top-ten/countries-with-most-largest-area-of-forest.html

​http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/a26431/gardening-as-a-therapy-for-health/

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/5-surprising-ways-gardening-improves-your-health/slide/3

​http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/17/gardening-should-be-prescribed-on-the-nhs-report-says/

​http://time.com/money/4282793/gardening-grocery-savings/

​http://www.weekendgardener.net/garden-plants/gardening.benefits.for.seniors.htm

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