Healthy Over 60’s

Healthy Gardening

I read an interesting article recently on the bbc website written by James Gallagher The health and science reporter linking gardening to a longer healthier life for over 60’s. It basically concludes that working in the garden or doing some DIY is strongly linked to a longer life in people over the age of 60.

It is based around a Swedish study carried out at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm and was published in the British journal of sports medicine.
They found that during a 12 year study that older people reduced the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 27%, and death from any cause by 30% just by being active around the house or garden on a daily basis.

“Being physically active is important in maintaining good heart health. But, as this study demonstrates, you don’t need a gym membership to do that” commented Christopher Allen, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation”    He also added:   “As long as they make you feel warmer, breathe harder and make your heart beat faster, activities such as DIY and gardening count towards the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity [weekly] activity recommended for a healthy lifestyle.”

So you heard it here first if you want to live longer and healthier get outside and do some gardening.


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