Physical exercise has mental health benefits on a par with anti-depressants. It boosts alertness, energy, mood and self-esteem, and reduces levels of stress and anxiety. So, get out there and move your body! A gardener will bend, lift pots, push mowers and move about, which makes muscles and joints supple—in short, gardening is fantastic exercise.
Unlike spinning, circuit training and boxing classes, however, gardening is low intensity and puts less strain on the joints than other activities. But there’s still up to 200 calories to burn for every hour of gardening you do. The key is to make gardening a regular part of your routine. To do this, grow plants that excite or matter to you.