Gardening for Physical and Mental Fitness

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Gardening offers many benefits for the many people. It becomes one of the best activities for people because you can enjoy fresh air, you are doing something very productive, and you are getting exercise to improve your health.

The benefits of gardening are many.

Here is a short list of benefits:

Mentally Challenging – Gardening can help many people use their minds by presenting different tasks and challenges. Gardening requires close attention to detail. You need to concentrate on planting, pruning, watering and harvesting. Anything that you plant requires you to follow up on your actions. All of these tasks help keep the mind active.

Develops Strength and Endurance – Gardening requires some bending, lifting, and walking around. It develops leg, arm, shoulder and back strength. If you have a big garden, it might require you to walk more, which could help increase your endurance and strengthen your cardiovascular system.

Reduces Stress – Gardening helps alleviate stress. It is a hobby that helps you forget about everything else and allows you to concentrate on the tasks at hand. When you reduce stress, you can also lower your blood pressure.

Social Interaction – Like other rewarding activities, gardening gives you the chance to work and communicate with others. You can garden with your friends, family, or you can join a gardening club and interact and make new friends. Communicating with others is great for the mental health of many people and makes their lives more rewarding and enjoyable.

Here are some tips to keep gardening safe:

Always make sure that you have a clean bill of health before you participate in regular gardening. Talk to your doctor, and let them know you want to do some gardening, and ask if you are healthy enough to do it.

You need to stay hydrated, so drink lots of water while you are gardening. When it is hot, your body sweats more and you lose more water. If you are feeling very thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated. Make it a point to drink some water regularly, even if you don’t feel that thirsty when it is hot, just so you can replace lost fluids. Also make sure and use sunscreen to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

Try using raised bed gardens, because they eliminate the need to always bend over too much, which stops putting too much pressure on your back. Gardening is fun, so you might as well have the benefit of making it safe and healthy, too.

Always keep your paths clear of any debris and make certain you have fairly even ground. Accidents are a big problem when many people trip over objects in their path. Make sure you keep them clean.

Before you start gardening for the day, you should do some warm up exercises. Observe gardening as a physical activity, because it is.

Injuries occur with many people, because they don’t warm up their muscles before starting, and they don’t keep them warm when they take a lot of breaks. Warm muscles equal loose and flexible muscles.

Gardening can become a lifelong hobby and passion that has great rewards for the hard work that is invested. Gardening is another way to keep the physical and mental fitness. When it is practiced safely, it makes a nice hobby, and it is something you can do for many years. Activities for many people are a way to keep you happy, and hopefully will help you live a longer, fulfilling life and a fitness life.

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