Study Discovers Gardening has Health Benefits

It's officially the season of water hoses and lawnmowers! And although most people think gardening is just a great way to make your lawn beautiful, it's also great for your health.

According to a 2011 study from the Journal of Health Psychology, 30 minutes of outdoor gardening can reduce stress, promote weight loss and lead to healthier eating.

Mary Ruplinger, owner of Garden Path Greenhouse said, "Gardening is very good for your health, especially the vegetable gardening because you can plant your own vegetables... there's nothing like fresh fruit from the garden."

Ruplinger's been gardening for over a decade now, and finds flowers to be the best stress reliever.

"A lot of customers tell me that they just enjoy going out there especially after a busy day at work," said Ruplinger, "They go home and they work on their gardens to relieve stress."

The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute considers gardening for 45 minutes moderate physical activity. So without realizing it, you could burn up to 300 calories an hour just by mowing the grass, digging or weeding. Playing in your yard can also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Starting a garden is simple too; it all starts with a plan. A well-planned garden can save you time, money and frustration. Learning about your yard's soil quality is also a must.

Try planting a small garden at first, then slowly increase its size over time. And always invest in the best equipment for what you want to grow. Home and garden stores are perfect for finding all the right tools.

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