A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that gardeners were 46-62% less likely to be overweight than non-gardeners. Male gardeners weighed 16lb less and women 11lb less than their non-gardening counterparts. So the rewards are abundant once you get going!
In 2016, the Kings Fund found that gardening had many other benefits including the reduction of depression and anxiety, improved social function, emotional well-being, and physical health and, for that reason, I like to encourage 30 minutes of outdoor work a day.
78% of regular gardeners claim it reduces their stress levels and 80% report better sleep proving that the remedial effects of gardening can be vast. But if you’re not there yet, give yourself a break, it’s tricky with cold weather and dark evenings. Read here, for tips to keep yourself motivated over winter.
When setting your gardening aspirations, don’t overreach and become disheartened if you can’t keep up with it. It’s best to set an achievable goal and slowly weed your way to greater well-being.
In fact, just raking leaves for quarter of an hour a week works up enough of a sweat to burn 63 calories, adding up to 3,276 over a year.