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Are you looking for a new hobby but unsure about what sort of projects you want to take on? We’ve got a hobby for you that allows you to enjoy the outdoors and get some light physical activity in your hectic schedule. I personally look forward to spending a day gardening outside. I’m constantly rearranging and transplanting our expanding collection of plant life. After a day at work, its always refreshing to take an hour watering and grooming the plants. It’s quiet time that allows me to feel connected with nature and see the growth our plants are making day by day. Studies show that merely looking at a garden or plants can generate changes in such things as blood pressure, heart activity, muscle tension, and brain electrical activity. Through colors and textures, gardeners can invoke emotions of calm, tranquility, and happiness. Fun Fact: Soil contains a harmless bacteria (Mycobacterium Vaccae) that boosts serotonin in the brain working as an antidepressant.

Of course, gardening is a great form of exercise that can assist in weight loss. The physical activities involved with gardening can improve your bones as well. In a study of 3,310 women, researchers from the University of Arkansas found that women involved in yard work and other types of gardening exercises had lower rates of osteoporosis than joggers, swimmers and women who did aerobics. It likely has to do with the fact that gardening is sort of like weight training, the study authors note; you have to pull weeds, dig holes, carry heavy loads of soil and compost, and do other forms of weight-bearing activities that ward off osteoporosis. Being outdoors also exposes you to Vitamin D, which can be beneficial in short doses. Make sure to expose your limbs (without sunscreen) for just 10 minutes during midday gardening: this will give you enough vitamin D to reduce risks of heart disease and various cancers. To help protect you from the sun’s rays, check out AMIClubwear’s selection of cute hats.

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Those who do have their own fruit and vegetable garden are most likely to consume more of them. That’s a plus! In this day and age where pesticides and fertilizers are overused, consider the comfort you can have when you know exactly what has touched your fruits and veggies. Remember, the freshest food you can eat is the food you grow! Not to mention that homegrown produce simply tastes better.

The list continues, but these are just a few reasons to get down and dirty in your home garden. Overall, gardening is nothing but good for your mind, body, and soul. Planning, planting and watching your own garden grow can fill a person with satisfaction and pride. The more you learn, the better you grow and the possibilities become endless!

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