Gardening for Fitness
As a gardening enthusiast, you’ve probably spent many hours reading and researching about how to produce a healthier, more beautiful garden. But have you ever thought about how gardening can produce a healthier you?
Gardening is a great alternative to traditional exercise because it incorporates elements of accepted exercise routines while enabling you to engage in an enjoyable activity in the privacy of your own surroundings.
Research shows that gardening for 30-45 minutes most days of the week has significant health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as contributing to healthier bones, muscles and joints. Elements of gardening such as digging, weeding, trimming shrubs and mowing the lawn can require the same energy requirements as other physical exercise activities such as walking, cycling, swimming and aerobics.
Not only does gardening help you physically, but it provides you with the satisfaction of a beautiful lawn to look at or fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy at your dinner table. So as the gardening season approaches, consider your gardening time as an opportunity to get a healthier lawn and a healthier you!