Gardening Can Help Improve Your Health

Gardening Can Help Improve Your Health

We all care about our health and wellbeing. We want to stay as fit and healthy as possible. But when we think of activities that help us to achieve this, we tend to think of things that many of us don’t find all too fun. We think of heading to the gym. We think of running on the treadmill, lifting weights, squats, sit-ups and more. But there are plenty of activities out there that are good for your health and wellbeing as well as proving to be a fun hobby. You may be surprised to know that gardening is one of them. Here are just a few ways that gardening can help improve your health.

Burn Calories

When you garden, you burn calories. It’s generally considered a moderate-intensity exercise and it’s thought that one hour’s worth of gardening and light gardening work will burn 330 calories. Activities such as raking leaves, digging up weeds, digging flower beds and more require strength and stamina!

Gardening Can Help Improve Your Health: Get Your Recommended Vitamin D

It’s recommended that we all get vitamin D. Most people get their vitamin D from spending time outdoors. But nowadays, people tend to engage in more indoor activities, such as watching TV, using the laptop and more. By spending time outside gardening on a regular basis, you are much more likely to get your daily recommended dose of vitamin D!

Reduce Your Blood Pressure

Many of us suffer from high blood pressure and there are a number of ways to counteract this. But you may, again, be surprised to know that gardening can help you to reduce your blood pressure. Not only does it provide moderate levels of activity, which help, but engaging with calming gardening like hydroponics can help to reduce stress and blood pressure too!

Gardening Can Help Improve Your Health: Improve Your Grip

If you’re struggling with grip issues, gardening can help! Holding onto tools and completing actions required to trim and prune plants and trees can help to increase your grip and encourage nimbleness of the fingers and hands. This is surprisingly good for your health and wellbeing! Just make sure to always wear good quality gardening gloves to ensure your hands are protected from nettles, stingers and other potentially harmful plants.

Growing Your Own Food Can Be Healthier

When you garden, you can grow almost any plant-based matter. Sure, most people opt for flowers and other beautiful plants. But you could grow your own fruit and vegetables too! Growing your own produce can provide you with a healthy influx of food that is free of additives, preservatives and even pesticides. Using them to make meals incorporating your own fruit and vegetables can encourage you to manage a healthier diet full of all of your necessary vitamins and minerals.

Gardening Can Help Improve Your Health – In Summary

While gardening might not be a sport, it can help with your health, fitness and wellbeing. So, why not incorporate it into your routine? Getting green fingered really can make all the difference!

Silver Cross – Rufus Rabbit Pull Along #review

I’ve always known Silver Cross have prams, everyone knows Silver Cross have prams, but I didn’t know that they have toys too. I was sent the Rufus Rabbit Pull-Along toy for Taylor to play with and review and I have fallen in love with it myself!

This wobbling pull-along cart with it’s soft vegetable puzzle including a carrot with a bell, cauliflower with a rattle, and a beetroot with a squeaker has kept Taylor interested and absorbed for hours. As well as pulling along the well made cart, with or without vegetables, he has enjoyed cuddles with Rufus and great fun putting the vegetables back together (velcro).

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In my opinion Rufus has everything that a toy for a little one should have. It is visually pleasing, promotes thinking and understanding, hand-eye co-ordination, goes hand in hand with physical play and really captures the imagination.

As well as being an educational toy, and obviously great fun Rufus Rabbit Pull Along is also visually gorgeous! I wouldn’t hesitate to give him as a gift. Rufus is suitable for boys and girls aged 9m+ and at £24.99 I believe it is worth every penny and more.

To see more of the Homegrown range have a nosy here!

Competition!

A beautiful prize!

For fans of Silver Cross and anyone with a little girl who would love a dolls pram for Christmas, Silver cross are running a fantastic competition, ending 3pm on Friday (this week!) on Facebook. It is very easy to enter and the prize, a Chatsworth doll’s pram worth £300 would really make a dream come true on Christmas morning.

Good luck to all that enter!

* We received a Rufus Pull Along Toy (RRP £24.99) in exchange for this review. Silver Cross has had no input into the content of this review, which is based purely on our families experiences of the toy.

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