Gardening Essentials

 

Life is a Garden, Dig It

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Benefits of Gardening (for your mind and body)

 

Looking for a great way to get exercise while enjoying what you're doing? Gardening is a great way to do both. Research shows that gardening is an ideal form of aerobic exercise because, in addition to its physical exertion values, it has many other health merits. You can burn calories, exercise your muscles, partake in mental relaxation and end up with a beautiful garden to show for it!

 

Health Benefits of Gardening:

  • Burns calories
  • Can lower your blood pressure
  • Relieves stress
  • Gardening can force you to eat healthier
  • Boosts mood
  • Can help improve energy levels

 

Different types of gardening can help the body in various ways. Gardening is usually a moderate exercise that incorporates many important elements of accepted exercise regimes, such as stretching and stance, repetition and movement, and even resistance principles similar to weight training, all while expending calories. Major muscle groups can be worked, and all usually without strenuous activity. Activities such as weeding, trimming, or raking can burn up to 300 calories an hour when done at a constant pace. The use of manual, instead of power tools, also contributes to additional calorie burn. Of course, proper warm-up and stretching is always recommended as with any exercise.

 

Don't make excuses, make a garden!

 

Gardening is also great for the mind as well as the body. Gardening can divert your mind from everyday routines such as work stress and family issues, hence relieving tension and providing mental relaxation. Providing care for your garden also satisfies the human instinct to nurture and eases the mind. Intrinsic pleasure and reward is realized when the plants you have fostered as a gardener come to fruition and blossom into a healthy form. So what are you waiting for? Hopefully this gardening blog post helped plant the seed for you to get out and start planting your garden!

 

Bonus health tip!
Vitamin D increases your calcium levels, which benefits your bones and immune system. It has been shown that exposure to sunlight helped older adults achieve adequate vitamin D levels. This helps to show that outdoor activities like gardening are a perfect way to get your sunshine while partaking in an enjoyable hobby.

 

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