Why Gardening Is A Great Hobby For The Retired

If you’re planning for your retirement, you might be thinking about what you could do with all that new spare time that you’ll have. You’ll have more time to spend on your current hobbies, and the time to take up some new ones. Gardening is a classic activity for retired seniors, with good reason. Here are some great reasons to consider indulging your green fingers and getting out into the garden. 


Gardening Is Great For Physical Health

Gardening is a great way for seniors to stay active in a low-impact way. The bending, stretching and use of your hands can help to improve your dexterity, mobility and flexibility, as well as improving your strength and endurance. All motor skills can be improved with regular gardening. 

You may find that gardening helps to maintain fine motor skills. Thanks to the exposure to sunlight and vitamin D, gardening can also improve bone health, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. The light exercise is kind on aging bodies, and is a very enjoyable form of exercise. By keeping active in a gentle way, you can keep fit without causing too much strain on your joints. 

Depending on what you grow, you could improve your health with that too. Plant a vegetable garden, and protect your plants with a waterproofing membrane in the planter box, and you can have access to fresh vegetables all year round. 

Gardening Improves Your Mental Health

Even if you only plant flowers, enjoy being outside with something you grew could have an improvement on your mental health too. 

Gardening is a great stress reliever. Being outside in the fresh air, focussong on a task could lessen depression and promote better emotional well-being. Combat loneliness in retirement by joining a local gardening club to make new friends with similar interests. 

Enjoy The Outdoors

If you’ve always liked being outside, gardening is a wonderful way to spend more time in the great outdoors. As you plant and nurture your plants, you’ll be learning more about nature. Whether you work on your garden at home, or set up an allotment, you’ll be able to learn about many different plants, from flowers to fruits and vegetables. 

Socialise

Join a local gardening club to make new hardening friends or meet new people on your allotment. 

Gardening can also be a lovely family activity. If you have young grandchildren, encourage them to help you in the garden. Use the garden to teach them about nature, and nutrition if you grow vegetables, all while spending excellent quality time together. You could even give them a small area of your garden to plant themselves. You can enjoy time with them while you help them choose what to plant and teach them how to care for your choice. 

Once you’ve got your garden looking beautiful, you’ll have a wonderful place to have evening drinks, barbecues or parties with garden games for friends or family. Spending time together outside is a great way to socialise.

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