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The Health Benefits of Gardening May Surprise You

Healthy Aging | 07/24/20


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The human connection to nature is undeniable and more than worthy of our exploration. In fact, studies have even found that there is a connection to our happiness and our connection to our environment. There are plenty of activities that allow you to connect with nature, from a walk in the park to adventuring outside for a picnic. One outdoor hobby that explores this human connection to nature is gardening.

Gardening is a fun, relaxing hobby that anyone is able to try. The best part? Gardening is healthier for you than you may think.

Plant a Seed for a Healthy Future

The Oaks at Denville focuses on the inspiring qualities of nature, and gardening is among one of the many ways to enjoy and enhance your life. As you enjoy gardening in the great outdoors, you’ll also reap many positive benefits to your wellbeing.

Gardening Exercise Benefits

Gardening is a perfect solution for those wanting to introduce exercise into their daily lives and work muscles without overwhelming joints. Pulling weeds and twisting and turning to grab plants around you gives you a low-impact workout. A study even found that physical activity, particularly daily gardening, could contribute to a lower risk of dementia

The Benefit of Gardening on Mental Health

Taking the time to be outdoors has a soothing, calming and rejuvenating effect on people. And what better way to express this than adding to the beauty around you by growing your own flowers and vegetables? Gardening also relaxes and allows you to practice patience and determination as you wait to see your plants grow.

Social Benefits of Gardening

Who knew that gardening can introduce you to friends? While gardening could be seen as a more solitary activity, you can absolutely experience this hobby with the community and people around you. Sharing a similar hobby is a great way to start a conversation with someone you just met, and gardening clubs allow fellow green thumbs to share their latest trick to growing the greatest crop.

Find Holistic Wellness Opportunities at The Oaks at Denville

At The Oaks at Denville, we want residents to live the happiest, healthiest lives they possibly can. LivWell, our holistic approach to wellbeing, focuses on the seven dimensions of wellness – including environmental wellness. As part of this program, our community offers activities and amenities to help you connect to nature, and gardening is just one way we help you live your best life.

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