April 26, 2021
Doctors are prescribing gardening for health – with good reason. Studies have frequently shown major benefits to the body and mind from spending time tending to green spaces – whether it’s a rooftop terrace, herb-filled balcony, veg-strewn allotment or lawned paradise in the countryside. 
Grow Hard Or Go Home: 6 Reasons Gardening Is Good For You
The latest research, which surveyed more than 6,000 people, found a significant link between gardening frequently and improvements in wellbeing, perceived stress and physical activity.
Six in 10 people garden for pleasure and enjoyment, while nearly a third do it for the health benefits, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which ran the study. One in five say wellbeing is the reason they garden and 15% say it makes them feel calm and relaxed.RHS Wellbeing Fellow and lead author, Dr Lauriane Chalmin-Pui, said: “This is the first time the ‘dose response’ to gardening has been tested and the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the more frequently you garden, the greater the health benefits.” 
There have been reports of more people gardening during lockdown – particularly women. As restrictions ease and the urge to get to the pub increases, here are six reasons not to put down that trowel just yet. 1. Gardening has the same impact on wellbeing as vigorous exercise.Yes, that’s right. Dr Chalmin-Pui said their study showed “gardening every day has the same positive impact on wellbeing than undertaking regular, vigorous exercise like cycling or running”. 
The key is to keep your gardening habit regular, though. People who gardened two or three times a week had a 4.1% higher wellbeing score and 2.4% lower stress levels compared to people who didn’t garden at all. However, gardening fewer than three times a month had less of a positive impact on wellbeing. Gardening every day has the same positive impact on wellbeing than undertaking regular, vigorous exercise like cycling or running." The study, conducted by the RHS in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and the University of Virginia, found more frequent gardening was linked with greater physical activity. Dr Chalmin-Pui added: “Gardening is like effortless exercise because it doesn’t feel as strenuous as going to the gym, for example, but we can expend similar amounts of energy.”
A previous study found that calories burnt from 30 minutes of gardening is comparable to playing a game of badminton, volleyball or practising yoga.2. Gardening is great for your mind. Mowing the lawn, pulling weeds and planting new blooms are all mindful tasks, which can distract you from everyday anxieties and stresses.
“When gardening, our brains are pleasantly distracted by nature around us,” explained Dr Chalmin-Pui. “This shifts our focus away from ourselves and our stresses, thereby restoring our minds and reducing negative feelings.”
The research found it wasn’t just able-bodied gardeners who benefited. Those with health problems stated gardening eased episodes of depression (13%), boosted energy levels (12%) and reduced stress (16%).
“Most people say they garden for pleasure and enjoyment so the likelihood of getting hooked to gardening is high and the good news is that from a mental health perspective, you can’t ‘over-dose’ on gardening,” added Dr Chalmin-Pui. 3. It boosts your body image. Gardening – and allotment gardening in particular – promotes positive body image and makes people appreciate their bodies more, research carried out in north London by Anglia Ruskin University found.
The study, published in the journal Ecopsychology and led by Professor Viren Swami, involved 84 gardeners from 12 urban allotment sites in north London.
It found gardeners had significantly higher levels of body appreciation, body pride, and appreciation for their body’s functionality, compared to a group of 81 non-gardeners, recruited from the same area of London. It also found the longer participants spent gardening, the larger the improvements in body image.
Prof Swami said: “Positive body image is beneficial because it helps to foster psychological and physical resilience, which contributes to overall wellbeing.”4. It can prevent disease. Gardening could prove life-saving. A study in the BMJ found higher levels of physical activity – and this includes from 20 minutes of gardening (amongst other things) – are strongly associated with lower risk of five common chronic diseases: breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.5. Gardening can keep you mobile in later life.Mobility can be an issue as you get older, leading to a loss of independence. But studies have found light-intensity physical activity – including gardening – may protect mobility in older women.
Research from Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health at UC San Diego found Women who didn’t have a mobility disability at the start of the study, and who spent the most amount of time doing light-intensity activities, were 40% less likely to experience loss of mobility over a six-year period.
“Older adults who want to maintain their mobility should know that all movement, not just moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, counts,” said senior author Andrea LaCroix of Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health.
“We found that, among older women, light-intensity physical activity preserves mobility later in life.”6. The more plants you see, the happier you are.Co-author Dr Ross Cameron, from the University of Sheffield, said having more plants in the garden was linked with greater wellbeing, “suggesting even just viewing ‘green’ gardens may help”.
Previous research has shown having a view of greenery and plants can speed up recovery for hospital patients. And in 2020, a study by the RHS found adding a few plants to a bare front garden can make people feel happier, more relaxed and has the same impact as eight mindfulness sessions every week.
So, what are you waiting for?Related...11 Brilliant Ways To Jazz Up Your Outdoor SpaceTablescaping 101: Styling Tips For Your Springtime Get Together7 Ideas For Upcycling Furniture To Use In Your GardenThe Utter Chaos Of Trying To Buy Aldi's Hanging Egg Chair7 Tips For Dealing With Wasps If They're Doing Your Head InThe Psychology Behind Why Our Green Habits Have Changed
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
'Flee' Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen on How Animation Made it Easier to Revive the Past in his Film
December 07, 2021
o6R6N_vTjaY
BTS Sends a Heartfelt Message Via Video At Variety Hitmakers
December 06, 2021
4XBexjgWaxQ
VIP+ Exchange: The Future of Addressable Advertising
December 02, 2021
la03aixkBq0
Bennifer's Courtside Date Night Is A Slam Dunk | E! News
December 08, 2021
scJyrvw9pvY
Is Khloé Kardashian Finally Done With Tristan Thompson? | Daily Pop | E! News
December 08, 2021
DpQ9cbNgv6M
"Don't Look Up" Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tyler Perry & More | Daily Pop | E! News
December 08, 2021
RgUba8JoLJU
TMZ’s TOP STORIES OF THE DAY
December 08, 2021
93CuJwz8fnM
Today in TMZ History: Juice WRLD’s Tragic Death
December 08, 2021
h0qPhpkscK4
Pete Davidson, Machine Gun Kelly Strip Down to Undies, Joke About Their Junk | TMZ TV
December 08, 2021
G9UpRN3YGPM
Khloé Kardashian: ‘I’m barely in my own body’ amid Tristan Thompson paternity drama | Page Six
December 08, 2021
_2C3fsP-xf0
Faith Hill looks unrecognizable on magazine cover with Tim McGraw | Page Six Celebrity News
December 08, 2021
ALPo_VSizCQ
Wendy Williams not returning to her talk show in early 2022 | Page Six Celebrity News
December 08, 2021
kyLttbsj4AI
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.