A Note From The Editor: Happy Earth Day! If there was a better day to be reminded of all that this blue-green orb we live on offers us, we don’t know it. That’s why we wanted to share this article from FabFitFun as a timely boost of motivation to break out the dirt and reconnect with our hands — whether we have a green thumb or not.
Newsflash: Gardening isn’t just for your grandma! If you’re all about eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, then gardening is your new favorite pastime. All those fruits, vegetables, and herbs will look as gorgeous in your garden as they will on your dinner plate. Plus, there are a ton of benefits to spending time with Mother Nature that will have you breaking out the hand rake and shovel in no time!
1. Relieves Stress
If there’s one thing we have too much of in life, it’s stress. So spend some time outdoors in the fresh air with the sun on your face and you’ll see why gardening has been proven to reduce stress. It’s super therapeutic, plus it’s a singular task you can focus on while enjoying nature (squirrel!). If your green thumb is out of practice, start off with the MakersKit Herb Garden. It’s a super simple DIY that anyone can do!
2. Healthier Eating
Seriously, what’s healthier than munching on fruits and veggies from your own backyard?! And better yet, growing your own garden will help inspire you to make healthier choices. Whether it’s Japanese eggplants or heirloom tomatoes, you’d be surprised by how willing you are to try new dishes when you exercise that green thumb. And eating better means you’ll feel happier, more energetic, and ready to tackle whatever the day has to bring!
3. Brain Health
Believe it or not, studies have shown that gardening can reduce the risk of developing dementia. The idea is that combining physical and mental activity helps foster a positive mind, which helps prevent Alzheimer’s.
To find out the last two ways gardening makes you healthier, check the full article over on FabFitFun!
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