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Health Benefits of Gardening

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It’s likely that you may already have a garden. According to the Garden Media Group, 16 million people started gardening during the pandemic.

As we enter the growing season, gardening is a great way to spend time outdoors—and get some exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts activities like raking and cutting grass as light to moderate exercise—while shoveling, digging and chopping wood are vigorous exercise.

In addition to physical activity, consider these health benefits of gardening:

  • Increased vitamin D levels essential for body functions

  • Boosted self-esteem

  • Improved mood

  • Reduced stress and anxiety

Talk to your doctor to learn more about ways to manage your well-being.

5 Herbs to Grow Indoors

Not everyone has space for an outdoor garden, so consider keeping your kitchen supplied with fresh herbs year-round: The following herbs grow well on a windowsill:

  1. Basil

  2. Cilantro

  3. Mint

  4. Parsley

  5. Rosemary

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