Why is gardening is good for you?

This week is National Gardening week (30/04/18-06-05-18). First launched by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2011. It celebrates gardening and focuses on the promotion of the positive effects of gardening throughout the UK.

I have a personal passion for plants, and since moving to Dorset if anything its deepened, so if like me you are already gardening great, but if you haven’t got the bug yet there are many reasons why it is so beneficial­. In 2016 a systematic review into the benefit of allotment gardening found that it impacted health and well-being adding to growing evidence that gardening is good for you, but why?

Not only do you develop your fitness and improve your health, it is also good for your well-being, your mind and your soul. Yes, you burn calories when digging and lifting, except its more than that, you also co-ordinate your mind and body. You benefit in terms of flexibility, the use of motor skills and your sense of balance improve and become enhanced. Simply sowing a packet of seeds and nurturing the growth is so rewarding and these simple tasks provide a sense of purpose and this in turn reduces stress.
Why is a trip to the gym so foreboding when the opportunity to spend if only an hour in the garden such a tonic? I believe its because you are making contact with nature, further, moving at a chosen pace to create a simple reward, be it produce to eat or a planting to enjoy. There is an innate pleasure in doing your own thing, expressing your personal choice in plants in a way you choose to do. Gardening is a series of mini-projects that have an inbuilt timeframe and ultimately, nature decides how successful you are. It takes time to do and there’s the promise of how your work with play-out as the plants grow.

So, if in the meantime if you’ve enjoyed the gardening and become sore and stretching and a hot bath doesn’t cure you, you can always pop and see Joanna Figg-Latham, your osteopath, to ease any back or joint pain in Poundbury or Cheselbourne. We can enjoy nattering about the progress of your latest project.

* The contribution of allotment gardening to health and wellbeing: A systematic review of the literature . Journal of Occupational Therapy. Chris Genter, Anne Roberts, Janet Richardson and Mike Sheaff. October 15, 2015