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The Winchester Journal

Gardening for Your Health

Healthy Aging | 08/14/20


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Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years. – Unknown

It’s part of the human equation to want to explore and spend time with our natural environment. Scientific studies have even proven the direct correlation between happiness and a connection to nature. This attests to the importance of getting outside as much as possible to enjoy a walk in your community or even a good game of fetch with your pet.

At Winchester Gardens, we want to encourage residents to participate in activities that connect you with nature, including spending time gardening. If you’re looking for a relaxing hobby that’s also good for your health, spending time in the garden is an ideal option.

The Benefits and Importance of Gardening

1. Gardening exercise benefits

Gardening isn’t a completely passive activity. When you pull weeds, lift a watering can or bend over to tend to your plants, you end up completing a low-impact workout. This is a wonderful way to add exercise to your daily routine without taking a toll on your joints.

Being out in your garden is also a great way to get the necessary vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to increase your calcium levels. That in turn gives your immune system a boost and fortifies bones. Of course, if you’re going to be tending to plants in the sunlight, don’t forget your sunscreen!

2. Social benefits of gardening

An afternoon gardening in the warm summer sun is the perfect excuse to spend time socializing with friends and neighbors. No need to garden today? No problem! Grab a friend and enjoy our beautiful grounds together. You might be surprised how much they know about the best way to trim basil or how to grow vegetables from seeds.

3. Benefits of gardening for mental health

Not only is spending time in the great outdoors good for your physical health, but it’s good for your mental health as well. Being out in the fresh air can have a calming yet regenerating effect on our minds. To give yourself a mental health boost, take advantage of the ability to spend time outside growing vegetables and flowers. Relax in the repetition of pulling weeds and pruning leaves. Learn patience as you wait for your plants to flourish. Revel in your accomplishment when your plants bloom.

Enjoy Extensive, Scenic Grounds at Winchester Gardens

At Winchester Gardens, we understand the importance for residents to connect to nature as one of the seven dimensions of wellness. That’s why our spectacular grounds were designed by the Olmsted Brothers – the same landscape architects responsible for Central Park. Residents Fred and Ruth Roessle have to say about our campus: “We love our villa which has scenic views of the beautifully landscaped grounds. We’re both outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy the walking paths throughout the community.”

Come see what Fred and Ruth get to enjoy every day – contact our team today for your personal tour.