Sunday, 17 July 2016

President's Message - July 2016

'Windarra', Gumble

It was unfortunate our guest speaker for this month was unable to join us, because her talk was to have been about how to prevent back injury and pain when gardening.  This was a topic I was certainly looking forward to hearing about given my personal experience with a troublesome back. 

Gardening can indeed cause us some health difficulties, but it can also have a really positive impact on our physical, mental and emotional well-being.  In fact, I’m sure the health benefits of gardening far outweigh any risk of injury we might have when we’re out there working in our gardens. 

For example, gardening provides us with a work-out for our respiratory and cardiovascular systems and can improve strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as helping to prevent problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.  Isn’t it great that we don’t have to spend precious time at the gym or competing in triathlons when doing something in our garden is a really great way to get some healthy exercise.

A quick look at the internet tells me that gardening activity has the benefit of releasing endorphins, which work to alleviate stress.  Studies have also shown that spending time in a garden can help lower blood pressure, stimulate the appetite and foster a good night's sleep.

But beyond the physical benefits, there are many other benefits to be had from gardening.  For example, gardening can help with the development of social and intellectual skills, including those needed for social inclusion or rehabilitation.  In addition, a garden can provide an oasis of calm and somewhere peaceful to escape to, helping restore a sense of balance and wellbeing.  And a healthier diet can be a fantastic by-product of gardening.


So the next time you’re out in your garden, why not take a minute to think about how much all that hard work you’re doing produces not just a lovely garden, but also a healthier and happier you.  

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