Growing a garden is good for mind, body and soul.
Gardening is exercise – garden tasks such as digging, weeding, hoeing, and planting are repetitive exercises that provide both muscular and aerobic benefits.
As an opportunity to get outdoors and away from nagging electronic devices and deadlines, gardening also reduces stress; and the connection with the larger world of living things gives gardening an inherent value, above and beyond the actual edible or aesthetic rewards for the work.
Take time to get outside this year on National Gardening Exercise Day and enjoy all the benefits gardening can offer!
Here are some easy activities to get you out in your garden:
Plant a tree that will grow to provide shade for generations to come.
Pull weeds from the garden to minimize competition over nutrients and sunlight that your desirable plants need in order to grow beautifully.
Mow your lawn and smell the wonderful scent of fresh cut grass while you’re at it!
Prep a growing area, build or install a raised garden bed and enjoy growing vegetables, herbs or fruit year after year.
Working out in the garden can be very hard work and a long day of work, so keep these tips in mind:
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water.
Stretch before strenuous work and lift with your legs, not your back.
Enjoy being outside in the fresh air and take deep breaths often to give your working muscles ample oxygen.
Try to balance the work between both sides of your body. Switch hands every 5 to 10 minutes when shoveling or raking.
Enjoy the experience of getting dirty, working up a sweat, putting your energy into creating a garden that will be admired by not only you but all the little critters and pollinators that will thrive due to your hard work.