3 Gardening Ideas That Help Your Heart

Bill Harbin JrStarred Page By Bill Harbin Jr, 12th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/26nltpp6/
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Learn what a garden can do for your heart health as well as other benefits. Research is provided that show the benefits and advantages of a garden.

3 Gardening Ideas That Help Your Heart

A garden can provide three of the basic things that can lead to a healthy heart. Research shown here will amaze you that a simple project such as a small garden can be so beneficial. My cardiologist says it is important for me not to be a “couch potato”, maintain a good diet, and reduce stress. A vegetable garden can assist in making that possible while providing a good hobby.

Planting A Garden is Good Exercise

Tilling up a garden area, plus bending and stretching to plant either seeds or plants can be good cardiovascular exercise if you move at a rapid pace.

Gardening And Fitness

Gardening is considered good moderate exercise if done for 30 to 45 minutes per day. Stretching, bending, and pulling weeds are part of the process gardeners must do. This helps burn calories as well as assisting in toning your muscles.

Using a tiller for planting and weed removal requires some effort and definitely removes “couch potato” behavior from your life. Many times I see folks that look too old to walk working in their gardens. Their actions doing this hobby are proof that gardening can be good for you.

Watching nature can reduce stress

Observing interesting scenes like watching this worm then knocking it to the ground has been know to relieve stress for the author in his garden!

Stress Relief

Studies suggest that gardening is a better stress reliever than many other activities. The sounds, smells, and sights of nature help us escape from troubles at the office. I love the smell on my hands after touching the leaves of tomato plants while picking the fruits of my labors.

Mix some flowers into your vegetable garden to create some extra stress relief. I try to put a sunflower in the garden to bring about a smile. Escape the bad news seen on TV and instead watch a plant grow and produce something to enjoy.

Gardening And Health Video


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Eat Your Vegetables

I don’t know of a mother in the world that was not quoted as saying to her kids “eat your vegetables.” There is a reason for that. Look at the chart of vitamins and nutrition on the website of the FDA for our federal government. Vegetables are truly good for your heart health. They are low in calories and fat.
I am not aware of a plant in the garden that sprouts hamburgers and French fries. By planting your own garden you control your own health better than ever before. There is no question about whether it is organic, and the crisp freshness requires fewer ingredients in cooking to create good flavor.

Gardening Can Be Fun And Healthy

Be kind to your heart and take advantage of the three things a garden will offer for better health. Even a few pots of tomatoes on a terrace or patio can be good.

Pictures by Bill Harbin Jr and from Pixaby

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
Bill Harbin Jr is a freelance writer that had a book published in addition to hundreds of articles. His practical, down to earth advice can be used to find not only value, but perhaps a better life.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Aug 2014 (#)

Great piece and one of a kind writing mate, cheers!!

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author avatar Retired
12th Aug 2014 (#)

How lovely is this! A wonderful pastime, and article. Beautiful photos.

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author avatar Etc.
12th Aug 2014 (#)

I have a huge garden, and I spend a lot of time in it. I especially love it in the cool mornings of summer--but anytime is a good time to be outdoors. Most of us spend too much time inside buildings .
That said, my doctor insists that I don't consider my garden (even 2 acres of garden) to be my cardio exercise. It just doesn't raise the heartbeat long enough, often enough.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
12th Aug 2014 (#)

It definitely does have its advantages. But unfortunately I didn't inherit a green thumb from my mother but I love goods that come from the garden.

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author avatar Mariah
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Great tips for keen gardeners Bill,
combining a healthy pastime into the bargain.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, my garden and even the weeding can be a big stress reliever!

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author avatar snerfu
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Good photo there Mr Harbin of Adam going for the forbidden fruit -- really a gem!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Wonderful article, I much enjoyed the reading...many thanks....

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Bill, great article. We have a very large garden and I've been busy saving my produce for winter. We live in the Northeast and it gets very cold here. I love my garden and feel very fortunate to have my fresh vegetables. Believe it or not in the winter I can't find a decent onion anywhere in this city. Therefore I freeze my onions for use in my sauces all winter long. Gardening is great exercise.

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