Health Gardening – Forget the Gym, Hit the Garden!

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If you are one of those who are forced to drag themselves to their local gym because they want to keep themselves in shape, and not particularly because they enjoy working out with metals in a closed room, here is a way out – start gardening.

There’s no better way to enhance your quality of life and health than by working out in your garden amongst natural greenery and some fresh air to boot!

Here are some health and lifestyle benefits from gardening:

1. Two hours of gardening is worth approximately one hour at the gym. And what you don’t get at the gym is fresh air, and the pleasure of seeing the fruits of your labor, literally. Here are some calorie burning figures from Iowa State University in US,

  • Digging Holes – Men: 197 calories, Women: 150 calories
  • Planting – Men: 177 calories, Women: 135 calories
  • Weeding – Men: 157 calories, Women: 156 calories

2. Turning and digging soil, raking, mowing, pruning, swinging an axe, etc are not only a great way to burn calories they are also great cardio vascular exercises and so, good for your heart. While working in your garden, you are also simultaneously working on all your major muscle groups – legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck, back and abdomen

3. Research shows that gardening for just about 30 minutes daily helps:

  • Increase Flexibility
  • Strengthen Joints
  • Decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Lower risk for diabetes
  • Slow osteoporosis

4. Growing organic vegetables and fruits in your garden means a healthier diet for you and your family and a self sustainable kitchen. In these inflationary times, it can be a boon.

5. And while you are at it, don’t forget to use Sharpex’ lightweight and ergonomic gardening tools that are specially designed to give you the best performance from your gardening without putting much strain on your muscles. No cramps, no body pain, only a clean and green garden.

6. You find your lifestyle hectic and stressful? Your garden, and the lovely flowers and fruits in it can also help you relax and meditate on the bigger issues of life. Your garden can be your own private yoga center.

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1 comment:

AndreFebruary 20, 2012 at 9:59 pmReply

Everything in that post is so true.
Keep on gardening.