Having your own garden — and spending time in it — improves health and well-being, study suggests

Posted on May 7 2020 - 3:58pm by UOG

If you’re fortunate enough to have your own yard or garden area, you may want to start spending more time in it.

New research from the United Kingdom has found that having access to — and using — a personal patch of greenery is associated with better physical and psychological well-being.

In fact, the increased health benefits from spending time gardening are similar to those seen among people who live in wealthy neighborhoods when compared with those who live in poor ones, the study reports.

Plenty of previous research has suggested that living near urban parks or other public green spaces is associated with improved health. As I’ve noted here before, those potential benefits include a reduced risk of type II diabetes, heart disease and premature death. People living nearer to nature also tend to sleep longer and to have lower levels of stress.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: https://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2020/05/having-your-own-garden-and-spending-time-in-it-improves-health-and-well-being-study-suggests/

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