It seems like there’s not much to do other than hang around the house now that you’re officially a senior. At least people say so and treat you that way. Nonetheless, you’re still very much alive and full of energy. So why should you spend your entire day in front of the TV just because you don’t have a job anymore? With so much free time on your hands, it’s the perfect opportunity to dedicate yourself to gardening. Don’t let that big back yard go to waste.
1. Bond with the ones you love
Though gardening may seem like something you’d do on your own, it’s actually a great bonding activity. Your family is still probably very active and busy, but gardening can be the one thing that pulls you together and reminds you how much you care about each other. Whether you do it with your SO or your kids, it’s bound to brighten both of your days.
It’s especially nice to garden with your grandkids. Children are naturally curious and love learning new things, so use this opportunity to seed some healthy habits and teach them how to live responsibly. Your little bud will blossom into something beautiful and it will all be thanks to you. Plus, they’re bound to love spending all that time being explorers and gardeners with their grandma or grandpa.
2. Give back
This world is wonderful in so many ways and has given you so much happiness in your lifetime. If you feel like it’s time to give back, gardening is the ideal way to do so. It’s more eco-friendly to grow your own food. This is due to the simple fact that you’re lowering organic waste as well as lowering the food demand. You’re also supporting local farmers and other gardeners instead of giving your money to big corporations and the food industry.
Even more, you’ll be able to control how much waste you control because of a little thing called composting. The waste that you do create from gardening can easily be put into the compost and turned into organic fertilizer for your garden. This way, you’re also investing in the deliciousness of future produce.
3. Be more active
Physical activity might just be the elixir of youth. Though your body isn’t what it used to be, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of exercise. With gardening, you’ll be spending most of your time out and about. Whether it’s watering, pruning, or (re)planting, you’re bound to be on your feet. In turn, this keeps you physically active and regulates your body functions. It also promotes the production of serotonin and dopamine which makes you happier.
More energy is an added benefit of staying active, as is the easier dealing with stress. You also may notice that it’s easier to fall asleep and get up in the morning. You might be achy in the beginning, but once your body gets used to staying in motion, nothing will be able to stop you. You’ll feel more in control of your days and find it easier to deal with growing older.
4. Save money
Now that you’re a senior, it’s probably become even more important to save money than before. Cutting down on your expenses is hard, but doable. The biggest expense today is definitely food, don’t you agree? Just when you think you’ve filled up the fridge, it’s time to go grocery shopping again. With gardening, this issue is avoided entirely. You’re growing your own, organic, food in your back yard, why should there be a need to go to the supermarket?
Though it may cost you some to set up your garden and get all the right equipment, it’s going to pay off in the long run. The cost of setting up can’t even be compared to the amount of money you spend on food and to the amount you’re going to save with your own garden.
5. Make sure to be prepared
Though gardening may seem fun and harmless, it’s still fairly easy to get hurt. After all, you’re working with raw materials and there’s always a possibility of a bruise, blister, or splinter. The right garden accessories will help you avoid these unpleasantries. For your safety, it’s better to acquire the equipment before you start your garden.
Your gardening tool belt should include a pair of rubber boots so your feet don’t get wet or dirty, and a pair of quality gardening gloves. This will allow you to work in the mud or dirt while keeping your hands safe from the often prickly stems. Investing in long gardening hoses is a good idea, too, as you’ll be able to tend to your garden more easily.
6. Boost your immune system
Being outside is part of the job when it comes to gardening, which means you’ll be exposed to the environment. The sun on your face and the wind in your hair are bound to bring back the healthy rosy colour of your cheeks. What’s more, you’ll be soaking up vitamin D which will definitely help boost your immune system.
Another benefit is working with the dirt. See, soil is full of healthy bacteria that helps the vegetables and other plants grow. We usually wash all of it off while preparing our food, but the bacteria can help you stay healthy. This is why it’s not really a bad idea to “accidentally” get some under your fingernails. A little dirt never killed anybody, and the bacteria will find its way into your system and aid it easily.
As you can see, gardening is the ultimate activity for seniors because it offers everything you will ever need. You get to spend time outside performing a noble task and enjoying nature. Saving money and being more eco-friendly is just the perk of a job. We’re confident you’ll positively glow once you start gardening, as it has the power to open up even the timidest soul.