Spring Gardening and Its Great Benefits
For many people, it always feels good to start a project from the ground up and watch it come to fruition after a certain period of time. As spring has sprung this year and mother nature has graced us with beautiful, warm weather, what is a better way to celebrate the season than getting started on spring gardening? As one of the top senior living communities in Decatur, we help our residents embrace gardening because we greatly value the benefits that it brings.
Why Gardening Can Be a Great Hobby
More Exposure to Sunlight and Vitamin D
Did you know what vitamin D plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases? At the same time, the risk of vitamin D deficiency is significantly high among older adults. Spend some time every day soaking up the sunlight in your spring garden while embracing the sense of freshness that abounds. This is the most natural and healthy way to get vitamin D – just 10 to 30 minutes of midday sunlight and your body will thank you for it!
More Body Movements and Increased Blood Circulation
According to the American Red Heart Association, gardening is a moderate-intensity aerobic activity. From watering to raking, pushing the lawnmower to pruning, there is so much to do around the garden to keep you physically active. Be sure to consult with your physician and doctor about the recommended activity level in your situation and never exert yourself too much on a gardening task.
Fresh and Healthy Food
The American Society for Horticultural conducted a study in 2011 where they found that older adults who participate in gardening are more likely to consume fruit and vegetables. With your own garden in the backyard, not only will you have access to fresh produce grown by your own hands but you will also significantly reduce the chances of exposure to pesticides. At Holbrook, we recognize the tremendous nutritional value of vegetables and how important it is to our residents. That is why we have created a Living Wall at our facilities as a great source of dietary herbs to best serve all the Holbrook residents.
Greater Happiness and Positive Outlook
There is a strong correlation between gardening works and your mental health. Those who spend more time around plants have been proved to have lower levels of stress and anxiety. Tending to your plants also has a positive effect on your self-esteem as you get to see the results of your hard work at harvest time or springtime when everything blooms so beautifully. Both visual and physical stimuli of working in a garden help increase chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which explains why one usually feels much happier after taking care of their garden.
Spring Gardening and More at Holbrook – One of the Top Senior Living Communities in Decatur
At Holbrook, we pride ourselves on the comprehensive gardening programs that we have created as this is how we help our residents engage in a fun and meaningful activity. More than just a nice place to rest your head at night, Holbrook goes above and beyond to create communities that feel like home to our residents.