6 Reasons Why Gardening Is Good For Your Health

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6 Reasons Why Gardening Is Good For Your Health

Gardening has so many mental, physical, and health benefits. Here are 6 reasons why you should take up gardening as a hobby- or why you should continue gardening if you already do so. 

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1. It acts as a natural stress reliever 

Gardening keeps your hands and body busy and while calming your mind.

A recent study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening can fight stress even better than other relaxing leisure activities.

After completing a stressful task, two groups of people were instructed to either read indoors or garden for 30 minutes. Afterward, the group that gardened reported being in a better mood than the reading group, and they also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Credit: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/07/08/why.gardening.good/

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2. Exercise

You are up and down, bending over, walking, and more when you garden. This movement is great daily exercise to participate in. So many people sit on average about 8 hours a day, if not more. Excess sitting can increase your chances of obesity, depression, high blood pressure, and more. Gardening could be a great way to add some light (or heavy) activity to your day.

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