Crisp days are upon us. Enjoy the exhilarating cool air and clear days by working outside. Gardening during the winter months prepares your yard for spring and can give your body a form of exercise that will help you stay fit for a lifetime.
The Goodness of Gardening
Many fitness enthusiasts consider gardening to be moderate exercise, and 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day can lower cholesterol; drop blood pressure levels; and help prevent type 2 diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. Gardening also contributes to muscle endurance, flexibility, and strength.
Equally rewarding, the gardening life often lowers stress, alleviates depression, and can improve your self-esteem. Gardeners of all ages enjoy the chance for self-expression and creativity, as well as accomplishing a task. The garden's sensory extravaganza also reduces tension: The colors, sounds, and fragrances can make you forget the cares of a dreary day.