Happy Spring! We are approaching that wonderful, much awaited time of the year where the weather is starting to warm up, the first flowers of the season are budding and blooming, and the veggie crops are starting to come to fruition. It is a truly joyous time of fresh beginnings!

This change in season is also perfect motivation to venture out of the house and into your backyard for a little gardening and yard work action. Exercise, therapy, and fun in the sun! This is a winning combination for a plethora of reasons.

According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, “Gardening can benefit people who are recovering from physical illness by retraining their muscles and improving coordination, balance, and strength. In addition, simply spending time in nature reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and relieves muscle tension.”

Studies have also shown that gardening can help decrease the chances of diabetes and obesity which are currently spreading epidemics in our society.

What better incentive to get outside and enjoy some physical activity while burning calories, buffing up the physique in time for summer, getting creative, and receiving a little therapeutic release?!? 

Well, a few other benefits come to mind…fresh veggies, fruits, and flowers!!! How amazing that in addition to obtaining some cardiovascular exercise while working your various muscle groups there is the gift of plant life and FOOD!

By doing as little as 30 minutes of gardening, you can be burning hundreds of calories depending on your task. For example, thirty minutes of hand weeding zaps up 182 calories. Chores such as raking, turning compost, digging, and mowing the lawn are big calorie burners.  For about an hour of lawn mowing with a power mower, women can burn 250 calories and men can burn 350 calories. If you were to use a reel mower, both women and men would be burning an additional 150 calories. Spending time cultivating or using a spade would burn 300-400 calories. The more intensive tasks of digging, spading, turning compost, and tilling for approximately a half an hour would burn about 200 calories. So knowing this valuable information warrants a day off from the gym and some time well spent in the garden.  It is the perfect excuse to bask in the sunshine and prepare to reap the harvest to come! Enjoy!

                                                                                                                 Wishing you all the best of health and happiness,

                                                                                                                                                 Stacy xoxo


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