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Gardening benefits body, mind and spirit , by Jane Feurderer

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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2011 9:00 am

Gardening is good for overall health. Many gardeners may not be aware how our bodies, minds and spirits react to gardening. It is therapeutic in many respects.

Consider the amount of walking you do when walking behind a lawn mower, string trimmer or blower. This beats walking indoors on a treadmill. Years ago I clocked the distance I walked in a day gardening. To my surprise I had walked 5 miles. Gardeners may not be aware of how much territory is covered just walking from the vegetable garden or flower bed to tool shed or garage where tools and equipment are stored. Raking uses the entire body. Digging, transplanting, fertilizing and weeding are just a few chores that can burn calories. Experts have noted that one hour of light gardening will burn 300 calories while one hour of heavy gardening will burn 600 calories.

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