As people age, it can become more and more difficult for the body to get the exercise it needs. Aside from the physical rigors, it may be difficult for the elderly to remain motivated to exert themselves in the interest of fitness alone. That’s why outdoor active hobbies like gardening can be an important part of a holistic health and wellness regimen.
Physical Benefits of Gardening
Moderate daily activity can help avoid a range of health problems and alleviate others that come with a sedentary lifestyle. At the same time, high-impact exercise like running can be unduly hard on older bodies. Gardening offers a good blend of moderate daily exercise that can be kept up for one to two hours at a time. Staying physically busy and productive can also reduce the attention on pain from conditions like arthritis.
Mental Health Benefits of Gardening
The mental health benefits of an activity like gardening may be more important than the physical benefits. Working in the garden with an elderly support group offers seniors a great opportunity for socialization and conversation. Being out in nature and around plant life has been shown to have a soothing effect that can combat stress and promote relaxation. Further, the act of encouraging growth and development in the world around them helps inspire seniors to personal growth. Seniors very often become passionate about their gardening responsibilities, and that passion can help drive them to wellness and betterment. At Life Enrichment Center in Shelby, NC, we strive to provide adults with the complete care and engagement in daily life that are vital to their continued wellbeing, including horticulture therapy. Connecting your loved ones with an elderly support group at Life Enrichment Center can give them the emotional support they need to help avoid the feelings of loneliness and isolation that may come with age. Working with others to bring life and productivity into the world provides moderate exercise and a sense of purpose that can be essential building blocks of a happy and fulfilled lifestyle. Schedule a visit by calling 704-484-0405 today.