Gardening is Great Exercise

Karen Jones  |  7/20/2018 6:48:40 PM


As you see, gardening is good exercise. Make it a family affair, or even better, make it a community project. The results are lots of good veggies & herbs, making friends, doing something to give back to your community, and lastly getting some fresh air & physical activity. A bit of exercise also relieves stress. Look at all the benefits of gardening!


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Physical activity can make you feel stronger and more alive. 10 minutes or more at a time of moderate aerobic physical activities is a great start. Adults, if you choose activities at a moderate level, do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes a week.

The Be Active Your Way Blog is the official blog of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). Anyone may follow the blog for updates about the development of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Here are some examples of moderate physical activity:

  • Ballroom and line dancing
  • Biking on level ground or with few hills
  • Canoeing
  • General gardening (raking, trimming shrubs, planting & watering)
  • Sports where you catch and throw (baseball, softball, volleyball)
  • Tennis (doubles)
  • Using your manual wheelchair
  • Using hand cyclers—also called ergometers
  • Walking briskly
  • Water aerobics

As you see, gardening is good exercise. Make it a family affair, or even better make it a community project.The results are lots of good veggies and herbs, making friends, doing something to give back to your community, and lastly getting some fresh air and physical activity. A bit of exercise also relieves stress.

Look at all the benefits in gardening!

View this video of a community garden in Jefferson Parish that Horticulture Agent Anna Timmerman and Snap Ed Nutrition Agent Karen Marie Jones helped to create.

Special Thanks to Chantelle Raines and Bailey Doctor with producing the video.

References:

Helath.gov/ Blog address:https://health.gov/news/blog-bayw/

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