Skip to the content

Protect your health and use code 'HEALTH' to get 15% off all our healthcare policies - Get your free quote today

The benefits of gardening

Gardening Benefits

It’s National Allotment Week and allotments around the UK will be opening their sites to the public (with social distancing) to show off and encourage others to grow their own foods at home. Find out how you can get involved on the National Allotment Society’s website.

Having your own vegetable patch or allotment allows you to grow your own produce and enjoy homegrown foods. Ideally, you will need a nice sunny patch for growing vegetables which at least gets five hours of sun per day. You can either grow vegetables in the ground, use large pots or even use grow bags.

Eat healthier

Growing your own vegetables gives you a sense of pride, knowing that the meal you’re cooking includes some homegrown produce. You’ll want to try the foods you grow and it’ll also encourage you to eat more vegetables and be healthier. For example, beetroot is packed with nutrients and fibre and rhubarb contains high levels of calcium.

Mental health

Surrounding yourself with nature is also good for your mental health as it is a great stress reliever. Gardening can also be therapeutic as it allows us to focus on a physical task and escape from any stress in our daily lives.

British gardening expert, Alan Titchmarsh says, “It's proven that plants and gardening have a positive effect on our mental health and happiness. They uplift us, they heal us, and they bring us closer to nature”.

gardening

Great exercise

Gardening allows you to get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity from weeding to harvesting. You can even enjoy some fresh air and sunshine but don’t forget to apply sun cream beforehand, especially during the summer. Get the kids involved too, it’ll encourage them to eat their greens at dinner time, knowing they’ve helped out.

You might be delighted to learn that the number of calories burnt from 30 minutes of gardening is comparable to playing badminton, volleyball or practising yoga.

Fresh food

Have you ever wondered how long vegetables have been sat on a supermarket shelf, in the back of a lorry or in a warehouse? With your own vegetable garden, you can enjoy fresh foods being picked straight from your patch to cooking within no time at all. It can’t get any fresher than that.

Reduce food waste

Pick your vegetables when you need them. Instead of buying produce a few days or a week in advance, you can choose to harvest what you want when you need it, meaning your food won’t go to waste. You’ll also be less likely to throw food away when you’ve spent time and effort watching it grow over the course of a month or so.

Private Health Insurance

Let General & Medical future proof your health! When you take a private health insurance policy out with us, not only do you get quick access to scans, consultants and treatments, we’ll give you access to our complimentary Health and Wellbeing Services which offers a whole host of support. Get your free quote today!

This content is subject to our Disclaimer.

Customer Reviews

We’re proud of our 5 Star service.

Read Reviews

Recommend us?

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Follow us on Instagram

Need Help?

Call us, we’re here to help.

Contact Us

20% off a gym membership

nuffield-gym-membership

Live a healthier lifestyle and get 20% off a Nuffield Health Gym membership when you take out any policy with us.

What's next?

Our Private Health Insurance has been designed to suit all needs and budgets, take a look to see what covers we have available. You can also enhance your cover to include pre-existing conditions, add Multi-Trip Travel Insurance or include in-patient mental health treatment.

Get a quote Find out more

Contact us

To find out more about how we can help you then give us a call and a member of our friendly team will be on hand to help out.

Request a callback