Spring has officially sprung, and although this spring has looked vastly different than what most of us could have ever imagined, the season is still upon us. Warmer temperatures, rainy afternoons, and blooming plants for miles are all indicative of spring. The season is known for renewal, rebirth, and revitalization. It’s also hugely known for gardening, as this is the most popular time of year to plant those vegetable plants, flower gardens, and more for a beautiful and plentiful harvest of plants in just a few short weeks or months. Gardening has an insane number of benefits, and here at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, we’re passionate about helping you live your best and healthiest life, and we fully believe gardening can play a role in accomplishing that.
Anyone Can Do It
Gardening is not rocket science, though it does take some research and some hard work. But absolutely everyone can garden. You may not get as big of a harvest as a beginner as your veteran neighbor does, but you’ll learn and have fun and hopefully have a few things to show for it. Additionally, everyone in the family can participate. The littlest tots can plant the seeds and help water, the bigger kids can help weed and pick the veggies, and even grandma can participate by helping with various parts of the process.
Keeps You Active & Healthy
If you think that gardening is not physically strenuous, that’s probably because you’ve never done it before. Gardening is hard work and will definitely get your heart rate up. From tilling to digging to weeding and harvesting, gardening is hard work that will get you moving and give you numerous health benefits. Cardiovascular health, overall muscle strength, and blood pressure can all be improved with gardening. It also gets you out in the sun, which provides much-needed vitamin D.
Helps Your Mental Health
These are trying times, and mental health is more important than ever before. Having a purpose and a goal when it comes to gardening can help you stay focused and motivated. It can also relieve stress, and it has been studied as an effective means of relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression. It offers an opportunity to be in control over something, which is beneficial for those who may feel like their lives are out of control, and it builds confidence and self-esteem by helping you accomplish something with tangible results.
Gives You Fresh & Healthy Foods
If you plant a vegetable garden or have some fruit plants, you’ll also get the exciting and healthy benefit of eating what you’ve grown. This is a great way to get kids to try new vegetables, as they are far more likely to eat something that they have planted, grown, and picked with their own hands. You will also have easier access to fresh produce that costs you next to nothing financially, which is always a big plus.
Gardening can contribute a great deal to your life and your overall health. To improve your health even more, be sure to schedule an appointment with Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic.
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