Plant a seed for your health

By Michelle Boaen Jameson
Everyone knows that getting off the couch and outdoors is all around good for you.  But if hiking and biking just aren’t  your cup of tea, maybe you should try a little gardening. There are numerous reasons why digging your heels in the dirt can help you age healthfully.
Here are a few reasons to slip on a hat and gloves and grow your health:
According to gardeninggonewild.com, gardening actually burns calories. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that gardening can burn 330 calories in just one hour.
Moderate to heavy gardening can help reduce high blood pressure and also reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke according to The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Gardening also helps battle osteoporosis. Leaning, digging and stretching all work major muscle groups that build strength. You’ll also get a dose of vitamin D while out in the sun. Just be sure to wear sunscreen!
Some scientists say that having your hands in the dirt builds the body’s immune system. The soil is full of microscopic bacteria that is actually good for us.
Oh yeah, did we mention the stress factor? Gardening is one way to reduce stress and boost your mood. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by beautiful flowers? Gardening can also help lower the risk of dementia according to some studies.

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