Retirement age is a period in which one has more time to enjoy life. People seek the joy of old age in various ways. And many have spent all their old-age caring for their gardens.
According to therapeutics, nature has a significant impact on our health, both physically and mentally.
People's cortisol levels drop when they are in a green and quiet environment. Let's see how gardening helps you rock your retirement.
Gardening helps you burn more calories
Gardening is considered a form of exercise of moderate intensity, helping you burn quite a few calories.
Specifically, you can burn about 330 calories in 1 hour of gardening (be it weed pulling, picking fruit, or watering the plants) – more calories burned than when walking at a moderate rate over the same period.
This would be better for those who have entered retirement age.
Gardening extends life.
Gardening not only adorns your home more radiantly but also has miracles to make you healthier. A lot of scientific research has proven the benefits of gardening for health.
Many outdoor physical activities have been proven to be associated with long life expectancy. Gardening is an activity that meets both of these conditions.
When gardening, sunlight, and fresh air help the elderly become more temperate, garden crops’ diverse colors and shapes help improve visual and touch abilities.
When caring for trees, we carry out physical activities that positively affect weight and blood pressure. Also, the process of interacting with the plant contributes to improving mood.
Gardening helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Going to your garden at the end of a busy day will reduce your stress levels and mental fatigue.
A study has shown that spending 30 minutes gardening after participating in a stressful activity has a stress-reducing effect rather than spending 30 minutes reading indoors.
According to a 2017 general analysis, gardening positively correlates with minimizing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Some hospitals even use planting and flower arranging as a rehabilitation therapy for people who have just experienced trauma, stroke, surgery to help patients regenerate physical and mental health.
Gardening helps reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Gardening helps you be proactive and reduces your stress levels, and that means it can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases. Also, eating nutritious food that you grow is very good for cardiovascular health.
Spending 30 minutes a day on gardening is an excellent way to help cardiovascular diseases maintain a normal state and stabilize the state before the undesirable effects of daily life.
Gardening makes you feel happy
Many studies have shown that some health and behavior problems, including anxiety and depression, are directly related to the amount of time you spend outside.
This can form a symptom of “deficient substance disorders” in children. Gardening will help you solve that.
Gardening helps you sleep better
Spending more time caring for the garden can improve the quality of your sleep. That reduces stress and anxiety levels, which means you will fall asleep quickly and experience sweeter dreams.
Being outside is good for your bones.
Calcium is a mineral essential for bone formation. When being outdoors, your skin is exposed to the sun and promotes the body to synthesize vitamin D to let your body absorb calcium.
In general, spending time outdoors is great for your bones. However, you should not stay long in the sun to avoid the risk of skin cancer.
Gardening helps you connect with the community.
You can work in batched gardens, which will be much better than when you garden alone. Gardening is also considered a treatment for Alzheimer's patients to join relatives and friends.
A high level of social connection from gardening will help them live healthier and longer lives.
Gardeners have the opportunity to meet in the market. Bringing their products to share with other gardeners is a significant social activity.
This helps gardeners have fun and connect well with people and surroundings.
Let nature nourish us
Self-made food can help you eat healthier. If gardening activities have a positive effect, such as exercise, the fruits of that activity will be a high-yield garden parcel, promoting a more nutritious diet. You will reap fresh, healthy agricultural products.
As such, gardening is the best choice for retirees. It will not waste your old age, but instead, it will bring many benefits to you such as: improving life expectancy, community cohesion, providing clean food for yourself, …
About the Author: Jill is a sustainable focus gardener at Constant Delights. She loves decorating her home backyard with beautiful landscape design and creative garden care techniques she develops herself.