Taking time out of your busy day to complete a little bit of yard work might not appear to be a good use of your time, but new studies are finding that these short respites can hold some remarkable health benefits. Numerous recent studies are finding that investing time in simple yard maintenance tasks such as pulling weeds or dead heading flowers offers several health benefits. It is also important to note that these less strenuous activities provided the greatest benefit to older adults.
Simple Accomplishments Help Fight Depression
A large European study found that older adults greatly benefited from an increased feeling of accomplishment and had an increased sense of well-being after 30 minute sessions in their garden. These increased positive feelings are believed to ward off the decline of cognitive skills which is often associated with depression. Simple repetitive tasks such as dead heading provide both positive feelings of control over the situation and a visible sense of accomplishment for older adults who often feel that they have less control over their lives than they did earlier in life. [Read more…]