Monday, October 27, 2008

Benefits of Gardening

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By: Tian Xiangyu
Word Count: 419

If you have a garden in your home, spending a bit more time in it can do you good. And you don't need to have a large garden to enjoy the benefits of gardening.

Gardening provides the regular physical exercise. It's just as effective as going to a gym, but much cheaper. All that digging, shoveling, raking, composting, and other garden activities are extremely effective in burning fat and improving blood circulation.

Gardening requires you to use your head and your creativity. The time spent planning the garden and researching different plants is a great brain workout. Gardening gives us a chance to be creative. You can let your personality shine through in your garden.

Gardening is also a great stress-reliever. In the midst of your daily grind, meeting deadlines and the many other tasks that make up your day, try to sit out in your garden and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. This can do wonders for your well being. The beautiful colors found in the flowers may also have calming effects on one's mood.

Gardening connects you with nature and the rhythm of life. Gardening requires you to live in garden time. We all could use a lesson in slowing down. Studies have revealed just viewing a garden or nature has healthy psychological benefits.

The relationships that develop, between plants, and people, and the basic human need of watching things grow, creates a sense of excitement. In many cases it becomes a source of therapy for people with emotional problems.

Gardening also provides a chance for you to give yourself some "alone time" - time to pray, meditate, and simply clear out your mind. Take in the fresh air, get some sunshine, and commune with nature. Gardening gives you a sense of accomplishment and independence, as well as a closer relationship with nature that working with soil and its produce so often provide

Growing your own produce is not only more cost-effective, but you are assured of a fresh harvest with something healthy and delicious for every meal. We can not ignore the fact that, in most cases, the produce you buy in most food stores is more expensive then what it would cost you to grow your own vegetables, which when harvested, is a much better product.

As you can see, the benefits of gardening are not restricted to people of a certain age. Anyone from kids to the elderly can reap the benefits of gardening.

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