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Keeping a garden—no matter how small—can have health benefits beyond the nutritious food you’re growing. Planting, weeding, and watering your garden can be a great way to stay active and clear your mind.
Make it enjoyable for your joints. Gardening gets your joints moving in many ways. You clip plants and shovel dirt. You bend your knees, hips, and elbows, too. Remember to take breaks or change position often, so your body doesn’t get stiff from being in the same position too long. Sit on a stool, or, if you can, bend in a crouched position for a few minutes at a time. This can help with your movement as you go about your day.
Gardening can be good for your heart, too. It may not be as intense as exercising, but gardening can help your heart health. There are moments that can get your heart rate up, such as raking soil and moving plants around. Simply doing daily activities, like gardening instead of sitting, can be good for the heart. Remember to take breaks and drink plenty of water.
Healthy habits for getting the veggies you don’t have in your garden. When you go to your community’s farmer’s market, bike or walk if you can. Even if you do drive, plan a picnic lunch or time for a walk. Enjoy the chance to be outdoors.
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