Just an hour in the garden works wonders for your body

In addition to providing yourself with healthy vegetables and fruits, gardening will do you many benefits for your body, which are much greater than consuming healthy fruits.

There is a lot of illogicality in our lives and behaviors. For example, people use escalators to keep from walking, and then go to the gym and exercise on a treadmill.

If you go to the supermarkets to buy fruits and vegetables and then to the gym to exercise, why not combine those two things by spending time time in the garden?

The garden requires work and a little effort. You will surely be surprised how many calories this work can burn. In just one hour you can burn an average of 510 calories. By comparison, so many calories are expended in an hour of running at a slower pace. But it’s not just burning calories that benefits gardening for ours physical health.

How does gardening affect our body?

The garden affects our whole organism, what our people would say “from head to toe”. You certainly didn’t know that gardeners have lower levels of stress hormones, cortisol, sleep better at night, are more relaxed and have better mental health.

As a physical activity, gardening in a natural way improves heart function, builds and increases endurance and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Just 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity a number of days a week can prevent and control high blood pressure. Even the American National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends gardening for 30-45 minutes as a measure of required physical activity.

Urban gardening: Only an hour in the garden works wonders for your body- © Radenka Kolarov / Agromedia

Weeding, hoeing, raking and packing leaves means constantly bending, twisting, lifting and carrying – all this strengthens the back muscles. You just need to take care to kneel when pulling weeds, not to bend from the waist to the ground to prevent possible back injuries.

In addition to the back, garden work has effects on the hands as well. Pruning hedges with scissors, not only that strengthens the triceps and biceps, it also strengthens other muscle groups. Not to mention the effect of digging or digging on your hands because these are much harder jobs than pruning a hedge. Work, such as raking and carrying leaves, can also to tone the upper arms and increase flexibility and strength. Digging and plucking weeds will allow you to have stronger fist and better finger mobility.

Urban gardening: Just an hour in the garden works wonders for your body - © Agromedia

Working in the garden can help to get rid of belly fat. Plucking weeds on the arms and knees requires not only the strength of the arms, but also activates the abdominal muscles, which helps to strengthen them.

As you move to pluck weeds from one place to another, activate and you tone your gluteus muscles which helps you have a tight butt.

In addition, gardening improves balance and flexibility and prevents falls (this is especially pronounced in the elderly).

Urban gardening: Just an hour in the garden works wonders for your body - © Agromedia

When you are outdoors and the skin is exposed to the sun, which allows the body to create vitamin D. This vitamin helps our body absorb calcium, a mineral necessary for bone formation.

In addition to all the above, interaction with other gardeners around you and friendly chat, exchange of opinions and advice improves social skills, and staying outside and growing plants leads to you feel better spiritually and mentally.

Additional benefits of gardening

Apart from the body, gardening brings other benefits such as consuming healthier food, saving money, safer and cheaper supply of organic fruits and vegetables. In addition, you will unknowingly provide habitat for many good insects and contribute against pollution.

Of course, all this is provided that you have a little neglected land behind the building or your piece of land outside the city. If not, consider joining and starting shared urban gardens in their city or district.


Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.

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