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Gardening: Your health in full bloom

Learn more about the health wonders of gardening.

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Starter facts

The health benefits of gardening begin the minute you start digging in.


  • Gets you out in the sun more, which helps the body make vitamin D
  • Improves memory
  • Boosts your mood
  • Helps fight loneliness

The proof is in the planting

Studies have shown that:

  • 30 minutes of gardening a week is equal to 30 minutes of weightlifting
  • 30 minutes of gardening can burn an average of 150 calories
  • Gardening can also lower blood pressure, stress and muscle tension
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The gardening workout

Garden work is good exercise. It’s varied and it’s fun. Plan to garden three times a week for 30 minutes to an hour. Here are some moves to try:

  • Pulling weeds by hand (upper body)
  • Raking and hoeing (upper arms, shoulders, chest and back)
  • Using a push lawn mower (heart rate)
  • Digging (thighs and glutes)

Gardening keeps your mind growing

About four out of 10 Americans say that being around plants helps them to feel relaxed and calm. That's because breathing fresh air can refresh your thoughts.

Being around greenery can also help you to heal faster after surgery. It will help you feel less stressed.

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Super-fresh foods and no check-out lines

With fruits and vegetables right in your backyard, you’ll be eating more healthy food. Different vegetables offer different health gains, so plant a variety of them:

  • Eggplants have potassium, which helps to keep muscles and nerves working well.
  • Tomatoes have vitamins that can help lower inflammation (swelling that causes fever and pain).
  • Dark green vegetables have folic acid found in vitamin B9. The body needs this to get energy from food.
  • Carrots, broccoli, squash, peas and spinach are all vitamin A powerhouses. Vitamin A helps to keep your eyes healthy. It also helps your body to fight germs.
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Anywhere can be a garden

You don’t need a backyard to do gardening; you can also try window boxes. You can even join a community garden. It’s a fun way to get tips from other gardeners. It’s also a great way to meet new people.

Talk to your doctor about how to be active

Make an appointment now.

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The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.