‘Tis the season… the season of gardening that is! April is the first full month of Spring and also happens to be National Gardening Month. Now is the time to stop and smell the roses or possibly plant some of your own. The positive effects gardens have on their surroundings is noticeable, from merely looking and smelling good and being beneficial for the environment, to yielding healthy food to consume or share. The activity of cultivating a garden also has many physical and mental benefits for the gardener as well.
Physical Benefits of Gardening
Working in a garden provides a litany of physical benefits. First and foremost, gardening is an enjoyable form of exercise. Getting outside to garden increases the levels of physical activity, which also helps with mobility and flexibility. In addition, working with your hands encourages the use of motor skills and can also help prevent diseases like osteoporosis. Lastly, gardening provides nutritious, home-grown produce to consume.
Mental Benefits of Gardening
In addition to the physical benefits, gardening also presents mental and emotional benefits as well. Participating in the activity helps reduce stress levels and even promotes relaxation. Gardening also provides stimulation and interest in nature and the outdoors. Furthermore, fresh air and sunshine do wonders for your mood! The sun helps your body create vitamin D, but it also increases serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical your body releases which improves your mood. If you’re looking for a happy mood booster, step outside on a sunny day.
At Twin Lakes Community, we encourage residents to take advantage of the great outdoors. Our 218-acre campus provides many opportunities for outdoor activities, such as walking, fishing, bocce, pickleball, biking and yes, gardening. Individual garden plots in our large community garden provide residents the opportunity to grow whatever they choose. Learn more about other amenities and activities available for residents who choose to live independently at Twin Lakes Community. Twin Lakes Community in Burlington, North Carolina is a neighborhood where independence and community are treasured. Schedule your tour of our community now by calling (336) 538-1572.