Gardening, A Great Way to Stay ActiveTrueCareAdmin
We all know that leading an active lifestyle can improve the quality of your life significantly but did you know you can get the same benefits in your own backyard? A recent study by Texas A&M looked at the benefits of gardening on the health and wellness of Seniors. Researchers observed and interviewed 298 seniors and discovered the participants who kept a garden were more likely to have a more optimistic outlook on life, a more positive self-image, and (not surprisingly) a diet comprised of more healthy fresh foods.
If you are reading and thinking of starting your own garden I have a few tips that can help make all the difference for the senior gardener:
- Purchase seed and seed tape for easier handling and planting.
- Use a vertical garden or trellis. This allows you to plant and weed without stooping or bending.
- Build and design raised beds that provide a place to sit and garden.
- Try using a stool, chair, or bench to avoid constant stooping or squatting.
- For safety sake, garden early in the morning or late in the day. Avoid being out between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Drink plenty of decaffeinated fluids to prevent dehydration. Also, allow time for breaks in the shade.
- Wear lightweight clothing, long sleeved shirt, eye protection, sunscreen, a big hat to shade face, and gardening gloves.
On behalf of People TrueCare, we hope you have a bountiful season of healthy and colorful outcomes of your gardening talents!