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Gardening for health and fitness blossoms

Blooming Roses reflect health--spiritual, mental, and physical!
Blooming Roses reflect health--spiritual, mental, and physical!
Mollie Uhl Eaton

Gardening for health and fitness reaps benefits in many ways such as it could be an intense workout for the body as well as it offers the spirit marvelous feelings of accomplishment. A gardener feels the power of success when a rose or plant blossoms colorfully. Georgia O'Keeffe said that "color makes life worth living" so take a peek at the slide show here to experience some colors from the backyard gardens in the neighborhood. Do you simply feel better by looking at all the color? Of course! It's true: Just looking at a colorful flower blooming may give one pleasure and lower stress.

A sunset summer rose
Mollie Uhl Eaton

Some people think that gardening provides an intense workout by burning lots of calories and increasing muscle strength and definition. Gardening involves heavy yard work like raking, digging, weeding, watering, planting. Lots of bending and stooping are involved in this activity. Gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine -- and it also gets your blood moving through your body. Before you begin a strenuous garden workout, though, be sure to roll around on the grass and stretch your body. Look up at the sky at the same time and stretch your eyesight and mind. Become a cloud gazer.

On the other hand, one does not have to make gardening an intense workout for simply purchasing a bunch of plants at the local grocery store and plopping them in a whiskey barrel with soil can also do the trick. Buy seeds and scatter them about the dirt as well. Either way one works a garden a health benefit may be found in the pleasure experiencing a plant bloom. Truly, gardening is not enough exercise to give up a vigorous walk or swim in the lap pool, but one can make the activity strenuous like pushing a lawn mower that is not powered. Remember: We do garden for pleasure! Being in shape only helps us be better at the gardening task.

What better way to enjoy the romance of the garden than by growing roses? Growing roses anywhere is fairly simple as the rose bush is a hearty plant. Start by googling roses and simply pick a topic on roses to get going. There are millions to choose from via the Google search engine. For example, one rose site writes, "A wealth of rose wisdom is at your finger tips
 with our in-depth library of helpful advice!
 Here you will find all types of roses in different 
regions, along with seasonal information. 
Explore our offerings and discover something
 now that will help you save time — and effort!
while rewarding you with beautiful roses!"

Gardening for mental health is one big benefit. One gardener thinks that days in the garden encourage an incredible sense of peace and serenity. Perhaps standing in an outdoor garden one feels the flowers growing, one feels simultaneously a connection to all of life. CNN has a good article on this idea on gardening for better mental health.

Now is the time to take a good look at all the blooming flowers!

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