Lose those extra pounds with gardening

By Laurie Garretson
Jan. 7, 2017 at midnight

Laurie Garretson

Laurie Garretson   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

The holidays are over, the guests are gone, decorations are put away and now life gets back to normal. Except there are those extra pounds you gained during the past few weeks.

Try as we may, it never seems to fail, holiday eating always seems to add some weight to those of us that least need it.

Now is the time to get more exercise and cut back on all those delicious foods we overindulged in during the holidays. A great number of people will be heading to their local gym to help work off some of those extra pounds.

Gardeners have a much better way to stay healthy and keep extra pounds off. We garden! Gardening is a fun way to have a healthy body, spirit and mind when done on a regular basis. Digging in the soil, planting and raking for about an hour can help to work all your major muscles. Just as you would do before any form of exercising it is always important to do a few stretches before going out to do any garden chores.

Gardening can help to maintain bone mass and helps to promote cardiovascular health. Just 30 minutes a day of working in your landscape will also help you to shed those unwanted pounds. Gardening regularly can help to keep your joints flexible and increase your range of motion. Gardening just gives you a better quality of life.

There are ways to garden even if you have some physical challenges to overcome. Raised gardens are very popular these days for all age groups. Whether built on top of the ground or in table-top fashion, it will all depend on your comfort and ease when working your particular garden.

Being out in nature with the birds and butterflies and tending to your plants, most anyone can find the peace that gardening can bring to us.

With some planning, some healthy gardening techniques and remembering to pace ourselves, gardeners of all ages can continue to enjoy the good health and peace of mind that nature can provide us with.

Until next time, let's try to garden with nature, not against it, and maybe all our weeds will become wildflowers.

Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner. Send your gardening questions to laurie@vicad.com or in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.



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