Feeling down in the dumps as the tail end of winter lingers?  Just pop your head outside and you will see that spring is arriving and with it that wonderful sense of hope as plants and flowers explode into life.

This week is National Gardening Week founded 4 years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and designed to help more people celebrate, enjoy, learn about and conserve their gardens, green spaces and local environments.

Research has shown that gardening has a positive impact on our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

If you are lucky enough to have a garden why not get out there now! Gardening can help provide you with a cardiovascular workout and can even improve your strength and flexibility;  and after all that exercise you will have released so many endorphins you will even have reduced your stress levels!

If you don’t have a garden then take the opportunity to visit and walk around a garden – National Gardening Week 2015 will include the first ever National Open Gardens Day on 17 April, with gardens and green spaces alNational gardening Week picl over the country opening to the public for free.

Don’t forget –  small amounts of regular exercise can also help keep your gut healthy – check out the Love Your Gut advice here:


For further information on National Gardening Week & National Open Gardens Day see: http://bit.ly/1fdcyhp

Remember if you are new to exercise check with your doctor first.