Why we should take national bike week as an excuse to get outside

Many of us will take National Bike Week, which ends this Sunday (June 21st), as a means to get outside. After all, the key is in the name. While a lot of us will take to our bicycles and explore the great outdoors, it's not really going to captivate us all. Whether we don't own bikes or just don't fancy the idea of getting all hot and sweaty in what are quite seasonable temperatures as of late, it shouldn't be an excuse to not get outside altogether. Many of us have access to our own private gardens and this is the perfect time to get out there and start it up! The weather is warm, the rain is generally at bay, and the sales are abundant! Let's take a look at why gardening during National Bike Week is a great idea.

Gardening Helps the Planet

While it's not exactly a secret to many of us, gardening is one of the most beneficial things we can do to help save our earth from the ravages of a more industrious population. This doesn't even need to be in the form of a full-scale garden development either. Those with access to an allotment or even just a small window front of an apartment will be able to do quite well.

Making the most of limited space can be the key for those living in small dwellings, but it doesn't in any way negate its beneficial impact on the planet. Planting containers by the front door, growing herbs and small vegetables within the house, and helping seeds to sprout on a balcony ledge are all ways that gardens can start to take shape within the smallest of spaces. Tending to boxes in communal areas can also be an option for those on good terms with building managers, or even serving as apartment manager themselves.

There's a good thing in knowing exactly where sources of food are coming from, but in turn this affects the world in ways with positive changes that are second to none. Garden composting can be another option that helps reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Not only does the lessen the burden on the waste management system, but it also helps regenerate soils by providing them with beneficial nutrients that may have gone amiss for quite some time. Vegetable trimmings, eggshells, coffee grounds, and tea bags are all acceptable additions to any compost heap and are usually in abundance within our typical British household.

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Gardening Helps Personal Well-Being

In today's world of deadlines, quick production speeds, and general stress, it's not unusual for us to feel very burdened by the pressure of it all. Our hectic, around-the-clock lifestyles are the reason we've taken a turn for the worse in society and are feeling generally poorer about ourselves as a whole. However, this effect is something that can be countered by getting out in the garden and digging around in the dirt. It is a solitary, meditative activity that isn't typically replicable in other activities. This is especially important for the majority of us who work in positions that show no immediate result to our labour. Gardens grow and thrive; they give us our need for seeing a project through to the completion phase.

Preliminary studies have also shown that digging around in the dirt can provide us with Serotonin that is otherwise missing from our bodies through the lifestyles we live. Of course, gardening should never be seen as a complete replacement for traditional therapies backed by national health authorities, but can certainly compliment them quite well.

Gardening can also be greatly beneficial to your physical well-being, by giving you routine exercise (especially if you are digging or turning soil!) to a good level.  Getting into this routine can be a great way to start your journey to a healthier lifestyle, and you get to eat all of the foods you grow which is often better than the foods you buy in supermarkets.

Gardening Helps the Bank Account

Gardeners at all levels are reaping the rewards that the activity can provide them. Much of this includes the financial savings that come as a result of growing your own produce. This is especially important for growing families with organic baby foods in jars skyrocketing in price and other baby necessities becoming even more expensive with every passing year. With more of us turning to growing our own produce, our bank accounts are now seeing healthier figures rather than depletion through our weekly trips to the supermarket.

Similarly, growing produce can help ensure more nutrients end up in our systems as conventional heating and preparation techniques destroy vitamin and mineral content in the name of consumer safety. This can help keep us healthier, for longer, for cheaper!