Who wants to live to be 100 while still able to do burpees and jumping jacks? Everyone.
The secret to living to a record-setting healthy age may just be in gardening.
For a long time, little science validated the claim that gardeners live longer than non-gardeners. Thanks to new series of research, however, we can remove all doubts that gardeners really do live longer than non-gardeners. Up to 14 years longer.
Dan Buettner who writes for National Geographic studied life expectancy. He visited places around the world where life expectancy is significantly longer and came up with some surprising findings. Dan tracked the impressive life extension in these places to what gardeners do and are exposed to.
He shares them in his TED talk; How to live to be 100+.
Here are some of the things gardeners do that make them live longer:
1. They eat their veggies
“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” – Michal Pollan
Gardeners who grow vegetables will proudly eat their produce, and because vegetables are full of nutrients and antioxidants, the body is happy. Vegetables are also rich in potassium that helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
2. They move around a lot
Weeding, raking, potting, watering and all the other activities involved in tending a garden provide similar benefits as regular workout session. These low-level activities allow gardeners shed calories in a relaxing and sustainable way. None of the huffing and puffing of workout, but all of the goodness of a good workout.
3. They bust stress through gardening
Stress sickens our body leaves us vulnerable to diseases. Gardening helps to balance stress hormones with attendant positive effects on blood pressure, cortisol level, and inflammation.
4. They touch the earth
What’s touching earth got to do with anything? A lot, it turns out. In their seminal work on Earthing, Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra, and Martin Zucker postured that the earth contains limitless healing energy.
According to them, “the ground provides a subtle electric signal that maintains health and governs the intricate mechanisms that make our bodies work just like plugging a lamp into a power socket makes it light up.”
A modern lifestyle that rarely allows contact with the soil disconnects us from this free flowing energy inside the earth.
5. They get a lot of Vitamin D
Vitamin D protects against different types of cancer, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. More of Vitamin D never hurts. Gardeners are almost always in the sun while tending their garden. Because they wake up early to tend their garden or in the dusk as the sun sets, they get the good mild sun with all the goodness of Vitamin D that comes with exposure to the sun.
6. They make meaning out of life
Long contemplative evenings and mornings spent tending to plants often bring on a feeling of profound self-awareness. This often allows gardeners to focus on beauty accompanied with feelings of awe, gratitude, and abundance. It’s almost like Yoga. Maybe only a little more peaceful.
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