This time of year, many of us spend our days out in the garden. In addition to the flowers and veggies you reap with your green thumb, it could benefit your health.
Working outside increases your exposure to Vitamin D.
AARP found that gardening can lower your risk of dementia by 36%.
The hobby can also improve your mood. A study in The Netherlands found gardening fights stress better than other hobbies.
You can also get your exercise in. Gardening is a great form of aerobic exercise. You become so engrossed in your work that you don’t even realize you’re breaking a sweat. Pulling weeds, reaching for plants and tools, and twisting and bending as you plant will work new muscles in your body and help with strength, stamina, and flexibility.
Gardening helps combat loneliness. You can get involved in a community garden and make new friends while participating in your hobby.