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Gardening takes us back to our roots (no pun intended)!

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6/3/12 11:01 P

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Sure does gardening has helped me with flexibility. More importantly though I think I get the most benefit mentally and spiritually. The garden is where I work out my problems and do my best meditation. Mindful meditation as I pull those weeds! I feel the closest to our Creator in the garden.

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I get exercise and peace of mind when I work in my Rose & Flower Garden. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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i feel so much better when i dig in dirt

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Can Gardening Improve Your Health?

Talking About Health With Jennifer Foss, RN

(ARA) - Turn on the television at any time of day and you'll be bombarded with ads for pills, powders, drinks, and exercise gizmos that promise to help you shed excess pounds. But before you shell out $50 for the "Chub-Buster 5000," get out your gardening gloves. Better health can be as close as your backyard.

Weed Away Your Weight

Spring and summer gardening can be a great whole-body workout to shed extra winter weight. Weight-bearing activities such as digging and lifting can build muscle, and aerobic activities such as raking, mowing and hoeing can burn calories. A 180-pound person will use 202 calories during 30 minutes of digging, spading and tilling.* Even 30 minutes of cutting the grass on a riding mower burns 101 calories.

Other calorie burners include* :

* Raking (30 minutes) 162
* Planting trees (30 minutes) 182
* Trimming shrubs, manually (30 minutes) 182
* Laying sod (30 minutes) 202
* Weeding (30 minutes) 182
* Turning compost (30 minutes) 250


As with any exercise, it's important to warm up and stretch before you begin gardening or yard work. Vary your activities to avoid overusing specific muscles. To prevent back injuries, bend from the knees when you rake and hoe or when you lift heavy objects such as bags of potting soil.

You'll also want to protect yourself from excess sun exposure. Wear a hat and use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Drink adequate fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated, and retreat to someplace cooler if you feel yourself getting overheated.

Dig for Your Bones

There's even more good news for green thumbs. According to a 2000 University of Arkansas study that compared many forms of exercise, yard work is most significant for preventing osteoporosis in women age 50 and older. Researchers compared yard work to bicycling, aerobics, dancing and weight training. Yard work and weight training were the only two activities shown to be significant for maintaining healthy bone mass.

The Fruits of Your Labor The best part of gardening may be the edible rewards. A summer's bounty of fruits and vegetables contains fiber that may reduce your risk for colon cancer, as well as antioxidants and phytochemicals that may reduce your risk for heart disease and some cancers. Fruits and vegetables are also low in fat, which can help with weight loss. The American Dietetic Association recommends that adults get at least three to five servings of vegetables, and two to four servings of fruits each day.

www.pioneerthinking.com/gardening/id
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