WHY IS GARDENING EXERCISE SO AMAZING?

I don't know about you, but I am not a big time exerciser. So when I do my daily walk, I would much rather do it outside to help the time go faster. I can listen to the birds and smell the flowers, so to say. Now, since my husband has experienced some medical issues. I have had to up my game in taking care of the garden. Wow. have I ever noticed the difference in my muscle tone and strength! That is when I decided to check into it a little further.



GARDENING EXERCISE FACTS:

  • According to Maryland Primary Care Physicians, "Gardening works all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck , back and abdomen." The digging, mulching, lifting, and wheelbarrow activity strengthens bones and leads to healthier joints.

  • The American Heart Association concluded that you can burn as many calories as you would in a gym workout. (It can help you lose weight!)

  • A study at Rutgers' University indicates it is much more "vigorous" than thought and improves balance and flexibility.

  • It gives us something to do that lowers the chance of boredom eating.

  • It is great for mental health, providing sunshine and vitamin D which not only boosts moods, but is an important nutrient for our bones, brain, and heart.

  • Being in nature often reduces STRESS (we can all use a bit of that).

  • Community gardening can offer the extra benefit of social interaction to decrease feelings of isolation. School based gardens also improve learning and team building.

  • It also encourages healthier eating.



HOW TO MAKE YOUR GARDEN WORKOUT EVEN BETTER! Look into the book Aerobic Gardening by Jeffery Restuccio.

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