Last post-up,you were promised a follow-up to cover the benefits to health of exercise from gardening.
Well, big in the news recently is the survey carried out for the BBC’s Gardner’s World Magazine. The results of the survey have certainly and rapidly circulated around the world. Many newspapers have carried the bloomin’ good message: gardening can make you happier and more satisfied with life.
The results of the survey of 1,500 people in the UK showed that 80% of gardeners in the sample were satisfied with their lot, whereas just 67% of non-gardeners felt the same way.Furthermore, 97% of those who gardened regularly believed the green exercise they enjoyed improved their mood.
Researchers at the University of Essex believe gardening to be a great benefit in the battle against depression.Short term benefits can help over the longer term.
So there you have it. It seems that the simplicity and tranquility found in the garden,and the responsibility for care-giving to growing things that gardening engenders adds to a person’s general wellbeing.
Also remember, during a heatwave, to take it easy in the garden as little really needs to be done. Why not sit in the shade and enjoy looking at all your good work!