If you love gardening, you already know the feeling of invigoration and the connection with nature that Mid age man gardeningcomes from getting down into the soil. Depending upon how ambitious your garden is, you’ve probably also felt the “good aches” that come from a serious gardening session. (Note: Gardening should NEVER actually “hurt” or cause strain – more on this below.) And of course, there’s the satisfaction (and taste!) of sampling your yield in recipes.
But did you know that when you garden, you’re actually making yourself healthier? At least that’s what both the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claim. According to the NIH, three to five 30-45 minute sessions in the garden per week can help combat obesity. And the CDC calls gardening “moderate cardiovascular exercise.”These health-geared organizations are backing up observations of other groups (and scientific studies) before them: gardening really is good for not only soul, but body. According to WebMD, gardening may:
Don’t cancel out the health benefits by being in pain! If you’re experiencing more than the usual post-workout aches:
Use a garden stool to move around your garden seated if you have limited mobility or are recovering from injury.
Make sure everything is within easy reach. Stretching and bending when you have arthritis or limited mobility can cause undue strain and may cause injury.
If you have allergies, consider wearing a mask when gardening.
Keep bottled water or unsweetened cold tea next to you; if it’s very warm out or if you’re working hard, you will want to stay hydrated.
Wear knee pads in order to cushion and provide comfort.
ALWAYS wear gloves when gardening to keep your hands clean and avoid accidentally grasping burrs or thorns. With the right preparation and comfort, you’ll be experiencing the joys – and benefits – of gardening in no time. Enjoy and happy gardening!
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