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Gardening is not all work

Sue LaFountain

Gardening can be a fun hobby for you. And for your children also.

It is a very relaxing way to get in touch with nature. But did you know it has plenty of health benefits? It is good for both your mind and your body. It can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young to the elderly. It has an additional benefit also because you can eat the delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs that you grow. So, get your tools out and let’s go play in the soil.

There is also an exercise benefit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it only takes about 2½ hours of moderate activity each week to help reduce the risk of many health problems which include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes.

Some people don’t think gardening isn’t exercise, but you must lift, shovel, and rake — which are all very good exercises.

The exercise it takes to plant a garden is good for the body and mind.

Your brain also receives benefits from spending time in the garden. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine is an effective way to boost your mood and lose some of your stresses.

Gardening has shown to be helpful in reducing the risk of depression. If you have a problem weighing on your mind, gardening will allow you to focus on an activity that will bring you joy.

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