On a Mission Spring 2018

The rewards are many. Not only does garden- ing provide benefits like fresh veggies and im- provements to the curb appeal and value of your property, but there are physical and physiological benefits as well. Gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine - and gets your blood moving. There are lots of different movements in gardening, like bending, stretching, reaching, lifting, pushing, grasping. All these activities help keep us limber and agile. Gardening is hardly pumping iron, and health benefits of by EARL ROBINSON GARDENING unless you’re hauling wheelbarrows of soil long distances every day, it probably won’t do much for your cardiovascular fitness. But digging, planting, weeding, and other repetitive tasks that require strength or stretching are excellent forms of low-impact exercise, especially for peo- ple who find more vigorous forms of activity a challenge. Those who are older, have disabilities, or suffer from chronic pain still need to move but at lesser strenuous activities. As a pleasurable and goal-oriented outdoor activity, gardening has Exercise is good for the body….and the spirit too. So is Gardening! 28 | SPRING 2018 ON A MISSION women-on-a-mission.com