Being out in the sun has been shown to decrease your risk of getting certain cancers (colorectal, bladder, breast, prostate) and can help decrease your risk of getting MS (multiple sclerosis) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
While Vitamin D is important for keeping your immune system functioning well, and keeping your bone structure strong, it’s also vital for protecting your body against some diabetic conditions, psoriasis flares, and dementia.
Getting better sleep, improving strength, and staying within a healthy weight range might be on everyone’s “to-do” list, but did you know gardening can help you do all three? A bit of time in the garden counts as exercise, which helps your body rest better, improve metabolic function, and build up your strength.
In one 12-week gardening study, participants with depression noted improved mood—even for three months after the end of the study. Clinicians noted that all participants of the study showed significant improvement in terms of mental health.
When you get into a hobby, it’s important to stay within your comfort zone—mostly. In addition to using gardening chemicals carefully and wearing sunscreen regularly, you should also be making sure you’re not pushing yourself into a territory where you’ll injure or re-injure yourself. Keep this in mind as you start out in your gardening hobby, especially when you bend down, kneel, or lift heavy objects:
Pay attention to your body. You know what has been injured in the past, or what areas of your body might be in regular pain. Take breaks. Know your limits. Don’t overdo it, and especially avoid twisting at the waist while lifting at the waist. Following these tips can help prevent reinjury, reduce pain, and subluxation (when one of your vertebrae is out of place). Prevent injury or pain by also:
Did you injure yourself while gardening? Maybe you lifted the bag of fertilizer wrong, or you spent too much time bending at the waist picking weeds. It can happen. Contact our office so we can observe the problem, propose a solution, and gently adjust you. We want you to keep enjoying gardening, especially since it has so many wonderful benefits. Reach out to make an appointment so you can get back to doing what you love.