|Who's been taking pictures of me?|
Gardening can even lower blood pressure and cholesterol or prevent diabetes, heart disease and depression if done on a regular basis. All parts of your body are employed when weeding or digging holes for planting. Mowing the grass with a push mower will elevate your heart rate and tone your body like a gardening gladiator. The other side of this coin is our ability to grow are own produce. Fresh and organic. However, the health implication for me, come from running after the bloody squirrels steeling the apples off my tree.
Still, awareness needs to be exercised over our ability in the garden and what our level of exertion may be. Picking up rocks and bending over for long periods will result in injuries. Frequent breaks and remembering to stretch before working out will help reduce the risk, but knowing your limitations is key. Someone even did a study that showed 10-15 minutes of exertion, followed by a break of the same duration is far more beneficial than longer periods of exertion. Music to my ears, but I don't think this will fly at work.
|It only works if you walk|
Of course, not everyone will achieve the same goals and therefore your garden shouldn't be considered the only form of exercise. Instead branch out into your neighbors yards as well or if you need to, my garden could do with a little work.