Gardening doesn’t have to be back breaking work…

This time of year lots of our patients are enjoying being outside in the garden. Gardening benefits us in many ways…both mentally and physically.  Physically, it increases our flexibility, circulation and muscle tone. Mentally, it can provide us with a feeling of accomplishment when we finally get rid of those pesky weeds, whilst taking a vacation from those never ending thoughts running through our minds.

Below are a list of clinical proven benefits from gardening….

  1. Reduced risk of stroke
  2. Burns calories
  3. Stress relief
  4. Improved immune system
  5. Being in the moment
  6. Decreases chance of osteoporosis
  7. Reduced risk of dementia

Gardening can be enjoyed by anyone of any age however, the intensity of weeding, watering and planting can get overwhelming, especially if it leads to aches and pains.

We have been seeing a fair few gardening injuries lately, so here are some top tips to help keep you as straight as your borders…

Gardens don’t come into bloom overnight, so if you want to enjoy your garden and reap the rewards long term, steady and slow wins the race.

Happy Gardening!