The Joy of Gardening

Gardening and Blood Pressure

For many years it has been suspected that those who work in a garden every day or spend significant time tending plants and growing flowers indoors tend to have fewer problems with health, lower blood pressure and a reduced incidence of heart attacks and strokes.

Research has indicated that even looking at nature can result in a fall in blood pressure within five minutes and lower our stress hormones.

However, it does not necessarily mean that those who have gardening as a hobby will never succumb to heart attacks and strokes. Gardening certainly reduces stress; so those who are genetically prone to such diseases, in all likelihood, might get a less severe or a milder version of the disease.

Feel Good Gardening

Gardening also boosts endorphins, the feel good happy chemicals. Other research showed that  that daily gardening has long term benefits for safe blood pressure levels in turn reducing  the risk of heart disease and stroke more efficiently than aerobics or swimming.

For more information about how gardening has been shown to be good for stress and general health see this article – Green for get-up-and-go. Gardening can reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease and even dementia

  1 comment for “The Joy of Gardening

  1. Ray Willis
    May 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I have found that if I garden infrequently say for about a mornings hard digging, I suffer from increased blood pressure which has resulted in TIAs. Gardening is not good exercise if done infrequently. I have high blood pressure and am on medication to reduce the problems, but strenuous digging can bring on high blood pressure which does not go away for about 12 hours.

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