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Gardening Provides Many Health Benefits, Including Moderate to High Intensity Exercise

Gardening

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  • Health benefits associated with gardening include stress relief, improved brain health, relief from depression, better nutrition and, of course, exercise
  • When you exercise outdoors, you exercise harder but perceive it as being easier than when exercising indoors. This will encourage you to work out harder than you might otherwise
  • Korean researchers have confirmed that gardening can count as moderate-to-high-intensity exercise
  • Higher intensity activities such as stirring compost, raking leaves, spreading soil amendments like wood chips, or digging holes can burn up about 400 calories an hour

By Dr. Mercola

Vegetable, herb, and seed sales are booming, courtesy of a new wave of consumers who are not only concerned about the quality of their food, but who also recognize the physical, mental, and even spiritual benefits of connecting with nature.


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