Gardening Is Not as Beneficial for Your Body as Going to the Gym | 22 Words

We are issuing a correction: We falsely reported that gardening is as beneficial as going to the gym, but that is incorrect.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine actually explains: "We found that beneficial association between leisure time physical activity and mortality starts from a low dose. Doing more vigorous exercise could lead to additional health benefits." The study concludes that doing more vigorous exercise is better than just engaging in a low dose of leisure time physical activity.

Are you phytophilous?

No, it's not something dirty.

It means you love plants!

And if you love plants, you probably also like growing them. (Or trying to).

If you grow your own veggies or flowers, you're not alone.

About 1 in 3 households in the US have a garden.

Of course, people who garden usually eat lots of veggies, and we know that's good.

But it turns out there are other reasons gardening is good for your health.

According to a new study, gardening, while good for you, is not as good as working out.

Actually, the study says that while leisure time activities are a good start, partaking in vigorous exercise is better.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine explains, "Our cohort study suggested that a low dose of light to moderate-intensity physical activity was associated with lower risk of mortality: individuals doing more exercise could achieve additional health benefits. Of note, there was still benefit rather than excess risk associated with very high levels of leisure time physical activity."

The study, published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, looked at what they called leisure time physical activities.

Leisure time physical activities are things people do for fun like dancing, hiking, biking, and of course, gardening.

These are things that get you up off the couch.

Even just ten minutes a day of these leisure activities have a significant impact.

That said, the study concluded that real cardio exercise was still more beneficial.

Sometimes just lying on the couch and watching ten hours of Netflix seems really appealing.

Especially when you feel like you aren't going to be able to push it hard at the gym anyway, so why bother?

In the end, the study shows that low impact, leisurely activities that require a little bit of movement are better for you than doing nothing.

But getting real exercise is still the best option.

And gardening specifically has all kinds of health benefits.

You might not be burning a ton of calories, but there are mental and emotional benefits to being outdoors with your hands in the dirt.

Gardening can also reduce your risk of arthritis.

And can act as occupational therapy for people who have had an injury.

And it can reduce stress.

Just being outside in nature has been shown to reduce anxiety.

And if you were taught to garden as a child, it may make you eat healthier as an adult.

According to a study in Science Daily, kids who were taught gardening were more likely to choose fruits and veggies over more unhealthy foods.

This means gardening young sets you up for a lifetime of health!

And a greater appreciation for nature.

So, if you have kids, get them in on the gardening!

You'll never have to argue about if a box of Lucky Charms and a handful of Cheetos is an acceptable dinner ever again!

Ok, probably not.

But at least they'll throw a carrot in there, too.

And here's a cool fact: astronauts garden in space for fun.

Some astronauts grow plants while they're in orbit as a way to stay sane when there's not much else to do.

If astronauts do it, you know it has to be good for you.

They're not sending any lazy astronauts up there. Hopefully.

So if you haven't started already, it's time to get out there and get your hands dirty in the garden.

You will get a lot out of it.