Research has shown that the benefits of gardening far exceed improving the aesthetic value of a person’s home or providing fresh fruits and vegetables. Individuals who regularly garden have been documented to experience lower levels of stress and to enjoy heightened mental clarity.
Additional studies have indicated that gardening might reduce the chances of serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and colon cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further note that engaging in moderately intense outdoor activities, including gardening, for at least 150 minutes per week can mitigate the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, depression, and premature death.
Other health benefits related to gardening have been far more specific. For example, the Multiple Benefits of Community Gardens study found a 10 percent increase in local green space to have health benefits on par with reducing a person’s age by five years. Gardening also has tangential benefits. For example, any activity that exposes a person to fresh air can lower the likelihood of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Exercise that stimulates the legs and arms, meanwhile, can help prevent coronary disease.