Try a new kind of cross-training: gardening!

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Try a new kind of cross-training: gardening! It teaches patience and watchfulness, improves mood and burns calories.

by Cleveland Clinic Wellness Editors

The rewards of gardening seem obvious enough — flowers and food for your table — but tending a garden has some surprising extra benefits, too.

For starters, gardening is considered moderate- to high-intensity exercise: You can burn up to 330 calories in just an hour.

What’s more, doing light yard work like digging in the dirt or cutting back flowers for 30 minutes at a time, a couple of times a week, can lower blood pressure. For even more benefits, try meditating while you work.

Listen to the trees and feel the soil on your fingers as you dig. Just seeing flowers can boost your mood, bring a smile to your face and even reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The picture is my Meyer Lemon tree, just a few months old and in full bud. I love it.

Friends with 6 raised garden beds have agreed to let me plant vegetables, herbs and flowers. This week I am preparing the soil in the first bed and starting some seeds.

I can hardly wait. Thank you Judy and Gary.


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