For your physical health, you get a great dose of Vitamin D from all the sunshine, not to mention, fresh air for those lungs. Gardening is an incidental form of exercise, and research links it to reduced obesity. For this reason I often trade traditional 'exercise' for sweaty gardening (think: digging, turning soil...).
For your mental health, gardening promotes mindfulness, welcomes serotonin and 'happy' hormones and can be a strategy for managing low-moods.
For your intellectual development, gardening supports the right side of the brain to increase your creativity and imagination. Further to this, the mindfulness it promotes can also stimulate 'brain power'. Being in the present moment gives your brain space to focus on what it needs and take in information quickly and completely.
The findings also identified some scary facts about kids and the great outdoors:
- 25% kids surveyed never climbed a tree
- 17% never visited a national park, and
- 1 in 5 carers stated they didn't know enough nature-based activities that kids could do