Want To live longer? Take Up Gardening
I'm engaged to marry a professional gardener & landscaper. She says she hates the business...but LOVES the work. My fiancee is obviously not alone. There's apparently something de-stressing, and healthy about digging in mother Earth, and handling living things. The BBC reports certain "blue zones," where people live unusually long lives around the world, have something in common. Gardening is a popular practice in those places. Dan Buettner researched lifestyles & corresponding longevity in Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Sardnia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Icaria, Greece. Folks in these places have several things in common. They exercise regularly, have good social interaction, and they love gardening. Australian researchers found people over 60 who garden have a 36% lower risk of dementia. Doctors in Scotland are prescribing nature walks to lower blood pressure & reduce anxiety. I've had cardiac issues in recent years. Maybe I should retire from broadcast media & go to work with my bride to be.