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Retirement home focus

Posted on 14 September 2017
Retirement home focus


No matter what age, human beings thrive most when they are active.

However, as we get older it often becomes necessary to favour low impact exercise that's a little bit kinder on the muscles, but still just as stimulating to the heart and mind. Studies have shown that spending time in the garden is one such activity.

Besides being a great way to nourish the body with exercise and fresh air, there are numerous therapeutic benefits that come with tending to a garden.

Here are just ten reasons why picking up a trowel in your senior years can lead to a healthier life.

  1. Getting a full-body workout. Bending, squatting, walking and lifting are just a few key movements in the gardeners' repertoire, ones that enhance all muscle groups without the high-impact strain.
  2. Motor skills greatly improve. Gardening enhances dexterity and improves the function of motor skills through activities such as digging, planting seeds and watering.
  3. Disease prevention. Studies have shown that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a few times per week can do wonders to reduce risk of heart disease and control blood pressure. Gardening also works to prevent osteoporosis.
  4. Stress reduction. Concentration and meditation are great cures for stress. Luckily, tending to a garden inspires the same trance-like focus that helps reduce tension levels in the body.
  5. Food for the mind. Gardening often involves elements of problem solving. Activities like figuring out the best spots to plant, keeping track of growth times and mixing fertilisers keep the brain working.
  6. Building responsibility. It can sometimes be a difficult transition between living in the family home and a retirement or aged care facility. Having a garden is an opportunity to make things a little easier by renewing daily the sense of accomplishment that comes with homemaking.
  7. Improving the mood. It's no secret that exercise releases endorphins and boosts our mood. A frequent gardener is a happy one!
  8. Home-grown nutrition. Organic fruit and vegetables are always rich with essential nutrients and make a great addition to the diet. Plus, think of all that vitamin D in a healthy dose of sunshine!
  9. Creating social connections. Gardening in a shared community is one of the quickest ways to meet new friends who share common interests.
  10. It's a good time! No matter whether you're a young kid or a senior citizen, getting a little dirt under the fingernails is always a good bit of old-fashioned fun.
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