How Indoor Gardening Benefits Seniors With Green Thumbs
Growing older often means needing to adjust your hobbies and lifestyle. Activities that were once delightful and stimulating may now be too taxing or demanding. Thankfully, there are often ways to integrate the things you love into a healthy senior lifestyle.
Take it to the Garden
Gardening is a perfect example. Outdoor gardening can quickly become a difficult, very physical task. Moving dirt, bending down to dig or weed, or even walking down the garden path can all present a risk for injury. Thankfully, indoor gardening is a perfect option for seniors who have green thumbs and even those who don’t have much luck with large outdoor gardens.
Indoor Gardens Help With Air Quality and Happiness
Think of Health
Growing plants has a variety of health benefits. In general, gardening is associated with stress reduction and even lower blood pressure. Indoor gardeners can also reap those benefits. By focusing on the care and cultivation of a small, dependent life form, you provide yourself with daily purpose and theoretically with other benefits as well.
The Air we Breathe
Indoor gardens can actually help improve the air quality in your home. If you live in the city, especially if you have any sort of respiratory condition, the improved air quality may be the best argument for indoor gardening. Plants can get rid of harmful chemicals and increase oxygen levels.
Finally, there could even be health benefits associated with exposure to grow lights. These lights release a spectrum of light meant to mimic the sun and stimulate plant growth. If you spend a long time indoors, your body may not get enough sunlight, which can affect your mood and even your health. Getting a little extra light from those plant lights could help stave off seasonal depression.
Tending an Indoor Garden Reduces Your Risk of Falls
An indoor garden is as convenient as you want to make it. You can put it right on a counter or bar, leaving it at a convenient height that will require no lifting or moving on your part. That way, you can enjoy the serene beauty of your plants and provide care for them without straining your back or any of your joints. After all, staying safe in your golden years is important.
Friends or family members can easily help you hang grow lights in a few minutes, ensuring that your hobby doesn’t generate any new sources of potential injury. It also helps you reduce the strain you place on yourself by gardening. Instead of needing to make a special trip out of the house every day, potentially carrying supplies, now you just have to pop into the room in your house that hosts your indoor garden.
Setting up an indoor garden is a lot of fun. With the right lights, you can have maintenance-free indoor growing for many years. Whether you’re growing large leafy plants for decorative purposes or herbs and salad greens to eat, indoor gardening is a very rewarding past time for seniors.