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The health benefits of gardening are many and the best side effect is you get to grow and reap your very own organic vegetables. When I am mulling over something, I’ll go digging, weeding into my garden and in no time my mind empties.
I hear and absorb into my being the sounds of the birds chirping, the movements and sounds of the earth and area becomes part of my senses, as nature unfolds.
With our guide you can make it a healthy habit while doing everything from having the right tools, to making gardening a fun family affair. Gardening brings a smile to my whole body and when you look over and reap from your efforts you too will experience this joy.
All that digging, planting, weeding and shoveling is a complete workout. Oh...the experts state that with all that work you easily burn 179 calories every thirty minutes.
It is a great way to get your exercise in and also lose weight.
With all that bending, carrying the watering can, and potting soil works as weightlifting. The pulling and movements of unused muscle is a workout that truly meets the definition of health benefits of gardening. When possible, stand straight and when walking engage your core muscles.
At the end of your gardening session your muscles have a pleasant sore feeling. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you see the results of your work.
But what is even more amazing is when gardening, you go into a meditative state of mind that relaxes the whole body, automatically relieving your stress levels and lower blood pressure.
It is truly a health benefit in lowering high blood pressure to save lives.
So, let's get started on the tools you'll need to make gardening easy and comfortable while getting a full workout.
In using these planting tools always position yourself correctly using the right muscles and maintaining a good posture.
Try growing some of these heart healthy plants and you are more likely to reap these health benefits of gardening and consume your daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.
I have my grandkids planting their favorites so whenever they come over, they help to take care of them. So with your kids helping, and having fun playing in the dirt they will want to eat whatever they plant, and hopefully continue this tradition with their own families.
Celery and zucchini are easy to grow has potassium and fiber that works to lower high blood pressure.
Leafy greens are nutritious on every level within the body.
Green beans are loaded with heart protecting antioxidants.
Sweet bell peppers give you vitamin C, beta-carotene and carotenoids.
Tomatoes are packed with vitamins A and C and when cooked increase their antioxidant benefits. I even chopped them up, add seasoning and bake or cook in a pot forming a base or stock for meats and vegetables or having it as a gravy. When you do this, you know what’s going into your food and into your body.
The repetition process of gardening is such a powerful stress reliever. By doing thirty minutes of gardening, you lower your stress hormone cortisol. It’s proven to be a tension tamer while boosting your overall mental and physical well-being.
Just how you breathe in such a beautiful and focus setting allows you to relax and truly connect to the present. So, get your garden going today, spring is here, and reap these health benefits of gardening.