Many gardeners can happily tell you that a garden is a place where they are happy. Recent studies have shown that even those who have never done this before can now improve their emotional state with the help of plant breeding. Learn more below about benefits from gardening.
Doctors at the University of Texas /USA/ presume that gardening has a good effect on the perception of the life quality and the level of strenuous activity among people, especially elderly ones. Gardening is the most common leisure activity among people over 65 years of age. Researchers have noticed that elderly people who are fond of gardening have a better quality of life, are more energetic, experience fatigue less often and are 2 times more likely to engage in strenuous activity.
More than 75% of gardeners in the survey rated their health as very good or excellent. Devotees of garden also eat more fruits and vegetables. Doctors say, all these factors have a positive affect on health and quality of life in any age. Gardening can be an effective way for people to increase life satisfaction. Therapists also believe that this activity help to pump up the level of strenuous activity.
Gardening trains not only the body, but also the mind. In the process of working in the garden, a number of important brain functions are realized. The processes responsible for learning, problem solving, and perception are activated. Studies have shown that gardening has a particularly beneficial effect on people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, gardening reduces pain, improve attention and reduce the impact of stress.
The idea of using gardening to improve health and well-being, called therapeutic gardening, has been around since the 19th century. Communicating with plants makes us feel good. The reason lies in the important role of plants in human evolution and the development of civilization. We are attracted to plants and activities with them because we depend on them for food, shelter and other means of our survival.
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