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The Importance of Gardening in Your Golden Years

Healthy Aging | 08/28/20


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There’s an undeniable feeling of connection when you spend time in nature. That connection is actually backed by science! Studies have shown the direct correlation between happiness and the relation with our environment. Whether you’re enjoying a stroll in park or a glass of champaign on our community boat, there are plenty of ways for you to experience the beauty of nature. If you want a way to motivate yourself to spend more time outside more consistently, gardening could be your answer. It’s a relaxing, fun activity that anyone can enjoy. Even better: it can have a bigger impact on your health than you think.

3 Health Benefits of Gardening

Gardening Exercise Benefits

Believe it or not, gardening can have a significant impact on your physical health. Think about all the twisting you’ll do when turning to grab plants or the muscles you work when pulling weeds. While you enjoy time with your plants, you can also experience a great low-impact workout that won’t impair your joints.

The sunlight is also a wonderful way to get your required vitamin D. Vitamin D aids in the improvement of calcium levels in the body which in turn strengthens your immune system and bones. Of course, you still want to protect your skin with sunscreen!

Benefit of Gardening on Mental Health

If you’ve noticed yourself calming down and relaxing when you’re outside, you’re not alone. And gardening is the perfect way to take advantage of the restorative experience in nature, spending time with the beauty you’re growing. Relax in the greenery and colors, learn patience as your plants grow and let your excitement grow when your plants blossom.

Social Benefits of Gardening

What’s better than grabbing a friend and enjoying a few hours outside? You can catch up on life while enjoying the nearby shops or watching the boats on the river. Invite an acquaintance or neighbor to spend some time with you in your garden, talking about the best tips for growing cilantro or your favorite flowers to mix in floral arrangements.

Spend Time in Nature at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor

Residents at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor have a unique opportunity for spending time in nature. Because we’re located right on the river in Red Bank, NJ, you can experience the water rushing against the rocks, the birds flying overhead and the beautiful colors at the start and end of the day. If you want to take a break from time in your garden, enjoy an evening cruise on our private pontoon boat with some champagne and chocolate. Resident Paula Westerman gave us her input on the natural surroundings of our community: “We’re surrounded by sheer physical beauty. It’s impossible not to fall under the spell of the river—to sit at dinner and look at an egret preening at the shoreline; to watch the ever-changing sky, beautiful even on a rainy day; to watch the parade of boats both summer and winter.”

If you’d like to learn more about the natural atmosphere at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, contact our team today and schedule your visit!