In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the primary ways that taking part in regular gardening provides health benefits – both in the physical and mental realms. Many people enjoy gardening for several reasons, and especially so when they realize that it’s actively contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

At Millcreek Gardens, we’re happy to assist gardeners of all types across Utah, providing everything from quality plant nursery products to gardening tools and many other areas in between. We went over things like stress relief, lower blood pressure and higher levels of vitamin D in part one of our series – today’s part two will look at some of the other physical and mental health benefits of gardening regularly.

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Makes it Easier to Eat Fresh, Healthy Food

Another key reason why gardening is linked to improved health is that it can make it easier and more enjoyable to eat fresh, healthy food. Whether you’re growing herbs in your windowsill or have a full garden filled with produce, having access to nutritious fruits and vegetables right outside your door encourages healthier eating habits.

In addition, studies suggest that the act of harvesting produces may encourage people to eat more of the foods they grow over time. Especially for those who have trouble sticking to a healthy diet, gardening can provide the motivation and satisfaction needed to stay on track.

Better Mobility, Strength and Balance

Gardening is an activity that involves bending, stretching and reaching – all of which are great ways to improve mobility and strength. Since it’s low-impact, there’s also a lower risk of injury compared to many other forms of physical activity. Doing various forms of gardening, such as lifting and carrying heavier soil bags or pushing a wheelbarrow, can also help build muscle strength over time.

Plus, the process of bending down to tend to plants requires balance – something that tends to decline with age. Gardening activities can help people maintain their balance more easily, reducing their chances of falling and sustaining an injury.

Creativity and Mental Benefits

Finally, for many people, gardening helps unlock the creative side of their personality. Whether it’s designing a garden landscape or experimenting with different ways to improve soil fertility, gardening can provide an outlet for creative expression and problem solving.

In addition, the many sensory elements of gardening – such as feeling the warmth of the sun, hearing birds sing and smelling various blooms – can trigger positive emotions and a feeling of contentment.

As you can see, gardening isn’t just good for the body, it’s also beneficial to the mind. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start gardening today! At Millcreek Gardens, we’re here to help you get started and make your garden dreams come true. Give us a call or visit us at one of our locations and let’s get started!