Surprising health benefits of gardening‏!

As you may or not know, the National Gardens Scheme has called for doctors to prescribe patients with gardening on the NHS.

A report published by The King’s Fund recognises that time spent outside can help with a wide range of ailments – reducing depression, loneliness, anxiety and stress.

Staying fit doesn’t have to mean expensive gym memberships or fitness classes. Everyday activities around the home have huge physical benefits and can support mental wellbeing too.

Gardening is an excellent all-round exercise for improving strength, endurance and flexibility and can be of great help in reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other medical conditions.

To celebrate the warmer weather, and of course, Chelsea Flower Show, AXA PPP healthcare has released a new infographic, outlining just how beneficial an afternoon in the garden can be on the body.

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