The benefits of gardening

4 May 2016

 Gardening main

Regular exercise has many benefits, including keeping your heart healthy and strong. But being fit doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. Everyday activities, such as gardening, can have physical benefits and support mental wellbeing too.

There is evidence to suggest that if you regularly spend time gardening you can improve strength, endurance and flexibility and it may also help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Our infographic outlines just how beneficial time in the garden can be on your body and mind.

Gardening infographic

 Sources

NHS - physical activity guidelines for adults

WEBMD - calorie burners

British Journal of Sports Medicine

NCBI - Gardening promotes neuroendocrine

HortScience

NHS - strength and flexibility