July 7, 2023
There are research-backed benefits to having a green thumb! Whether you're tending to a vegetable patch, maintaining your flower beds, or mowing the lawn, gardening is good for your health. It can improve your mood, help with your fitness, and much more. Here's how.
• burns calories. For a roughly 150-pound adult, light gardening can burn up to 330 calories per hour, similar to golfing or dancing.
• builds strength. The repetitive, steady movements like digging and lifting work your major muscle groups, while also improving your balance and stability.
• beats the blues. Community gardening in particular is good for mental health because it counteracts social isolation, reducing stress and boosting mood. (You can join a gardening club online or in your neighbourhood for similar benefits!)
Enjoy all of the benefits that comes from gardening, but it's important to be prepared. Read these safety tips before getting started to avoid injury: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/healthy-living/your-health/lifestyles/garden-safety.html