If you're like me, you love to eat fresh produce right out of your own garden, no matter how big or little your garden is.  Today - June 6th - is National Gardening Exercise Day!   Here's how your body benefits when you plant your own garden - veggies, flowers, plants, & trees!  

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You reap the benefits of gardening!  It's very therapeutic, burns calories and builds muscles.  You can also maximize the benefits by adding in some extra steps or squats, and some stretches.

According to National Calendar Day:

Some of the gardening activities that are excellent for working your muscles and for burning calories include: weeding, digging, spading, planting, pruning, mowing, raking, and walking.

Gardening involves lots of walking back and forth and bending up and down.  A couple of weeks ago, when I was planting some new tomato plants, I had averaged over 6,000 steps just by planting 5 tomato plants!

What I need to remember and you too, as well, is to incorporate some stretching exercises to prevent injuries.  I remember the day after planting those tomatoes how sore my muscles felt.  Also, adding some squats will help improve your legs and your glutes!

Happy Gardening!  #NationalGardeningExerciseDay #GoodForYourBody


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