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Gardening has wonderful benefits for the muscles.Â When carrying bags of soil, flats of flowers, or tools, make sure that theyâ€™re not too heavy for you.Â Lift things in separate shifts if need be, but carrying the right amount of weight at a time is great for bone density and muscle toning.
Keeping up a garden also requires walking, digging, and planting.Â All of these actions promote cardiovascular health by slightly elevating the heart rate and deepening the breath.Â This improves circulation, lung capacity, and overall health.Â Again, only do as much as feels comfortable and invigorating.
Swatting, kneeling, turning and twisting are great for your joints.Â When it comes to flexibility, you really need to use it or lose it.Â While gardening, focus on the subtle movements, and how the various actions are keeping your muscles and joints alive and well.
Gardening can also be great for you emotional health as well as physical health.Â Relax and take deep breaths while gardening.Â Admire all the colors and scents, have picnics in your garden, or maybe your first cup of coffee in the morning.Â Thereâ€™s no greater fulfillment than admiring the natural beauty around you that has been nurtured by your own hard work.