Good news for green thumbs
We know that gardening is a great activity for wellness, however did you know that it’s actually proven to be as good for your heart as formal exercise? A major Swedish study of almost 4,000 people aged 60-plus published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine indicates that regular gardening can cut the risk of a heart attack or stroke, and prolong life by as much as 30%.
Not only does creating a tranquil space and the satisfaction of growing things make you feel happier and calmer, gardening tasks involving digging, lifting and carrying is good form of moderate cardiovascular exercise and can strengthen and tone muscles.
No matter how big or small your space is, you can set up your own garden. Start small with a few pots in a sunny spot on your balcony and go from there.