Gardening Provides Many Health Benefits Including Moderate to High Intensity Exercise-Dr. Mercola

By Tony5657 Latest Reply 2014-07-06 04:22:13 -0500
Started 2014-06-28 04:15:50 -0500

Here's the link to Dr. Mercola's article:
Here's the Story at a glance:
~Health benefits associated with gardening include stress relief, improved brain health, relief from depression, better nutrition and, of course, exercise
~When you exercise outdoors, you exercise harder but perceive it as being easier than when exercising indoors. This will encourage you to work out harder than you might otherwise
~Korean researchers have confirmed that gardening can count as moderate-to-high-intensity exercise
~Higher intensity activities such as stirring compost, raking leaves, spreading soil amendments like wood chips, or digging holes can burn up about 400 calories an hour

Let's get out and get dirty my friends & without chemicals, grow what's good for us.
Tony in New Braunfels, TX

22 replies

elizag1 2014-07-05 16:20:52 -0500 Report

I did have a small greenhouse once but the wind blew the top off, I have the frame still. I still do yard work like pull weeds, water out door flowers in pots, rake
and, the back is full of ugly weeds but, it is too hot to get out for me..

Tony5657 2014-07-06 04:22:13 -0500 Report

Elizag1, I see you're in TX also. The TX heat can be brutal. I like to do my "outside" work early in the mornings when it's "almost" cool. Yesterday morning I wore shorts and like a dummy, kneeled in some stinging nettle! That burned me for a couple of hours. I got the weed killer out and sprayed those lil' suckers. Does your little doggie help with your yard work, other than spot fertilize it? LOL Tony in New Braunfels, TX

GabbyPA 2014-06-29 18:39:21 -0500 Report

You know I love this stuff. Though my garden was pretty much a bust this year. I have a great weed garden...but the wet weather and my busy schedule have prevented me from doing what I need to do. But it's my favorite exercise and it has way more benefits than just indoor exercise for sure. There is nothing like pulling the fresh fruit off the vine. YUM. Putting it up is even better because then you know what is in your food on your shelf.

Tony5657 2014-07-01 03:55:20 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby, we've been in such a drought even our weeds died! Water only comes out of a water hose here. I know you have bees. On TV I saw a small honey extractor that spins the honey comb frames and spins the honey out. Is that the way you do it? Growing up my family had bees & sold the honey commercially. They had a huge honey extractor, big enough to fill a 10 X 10 ft room. That big sucker really would spin the honey out. OK, you've made me hungry! LOL And in my profile there are pictures of my family and their honey selling enterprise.
Tony in NewBraunfels, TX

GabbyPA 2014-07-01 09:03:55 -0500 Report

I was going to do it in the comb. We have a cutter and boxes that the comb with honey will fit in. Unfortunately, the wax foundations we put in the help the bees melted and fell out of the frames. I guess in Florida, that is a fall thing to do. I have to get in there and check them out to see how they are doing.

Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-06-29 16:42:38 -0500 Report

As several of you posted, I don't have much room or stamina for gardening either. I bought myself a 'Gourmet Chia Herb Garden' on Amazon. It is reallly cute and fun. Tiny little pots with 'growing sponges' instead of potting soil, seeds and instructions. Don't know about exercise but I get the stress relief and some 'nature indoors' benefits. Also I have fresh parsley to eat and I see my chives are coming up. Highly recommend it.

neverlowbg 2014-06-29 08:33:13 -0500 Report

No I just grab them by the head give a quick jerk and that's it been trying to do the tour for years now when we go to Brownsville to visit my brother. I always want to stop but they wife and sister inlay always make these stupid plans or we leave later than planned someday I'll get there yeah we live about 35 min south of Fort Worth in the maypearl area south east of alvarado

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-06-28 17:17:39 -0500 Report

HI Tony,

Gardening sounds like a great way to exercise. I also think that you gain a sense of satisfaction from putting time and energy into something that gets results. It's nice to actually see the fruits of our labors.


Tony5657 2014-06-29 05:15:32 -0500 Report

Dr. Gary, I like the way you said "fruits of our labors." We have a severe deer problem here. They are jumpers and jump fences and really mess up gardens. What they don't eat, they trample…Tony in New Braunfels, TX

funnygirl98 2014-06-28 12:30:19 -0500 Report

I love gardening and doing outdoor activities but with my health problems like my fibromyalgia, oa, bursitis etc. I'm not able to do what I've grown up loving to do. Very informative information;-)

Tony5657 2014-06-29 04:53:42 -0500 Report

Funnygirl, I'm continuing praying for your complete healing and hoping you're having a really good day. Just do what you can do. …Tony

neverlowbg 2014-06-28 11:40:59 -0500 Report

Yes I agree tony we started a large garden and even raise are own meats too and the wife planted fruit tres a couple years ago the whole family comes by are little farm to fresh everything now so I have gotten everyone to eat healthier we use natural fertilizers and de to keep bugs down we have cows chickens pigs ducks so almost everything is fresh and there is only about two months a year that something is not growing too cold jan feb I love your part of Texas I'm about four hrs north of you I am jealous though your near shiner that's my favorite beer although I only have one or two a year

Tony5657 2014-06-29 04:49:44 -0500 Report

Neverlowbg, so you're 4 hours north of me? Are you in the Fort Worth/Dallas area? I lived in Fort Worth for 30 years and still own a house there. I was at that house last week. How do you kill your chickens? My grandmother used to use a thick wire with a hook on the end to catch one. Then she would grab the chicken by the head and swing it around in a circle snapping the chicken's head off. The headless chicken would actually run around the yard for a short time with blood spurting out of the wound! That always scared my little sister. If you ever get to Shiner, go to the Shiner brewery. They have a room where they give you free Shiner beer. It sounds like you folks are on the right track, eating healthy…Tony in New Braunfels TX

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-28 07:50:10 -0500 Report

Great Post Tony: My father raised a large garden every year, also fruit trees, grapes, and berries. My mother canned and we all helped with the gardening, and preparing the produce for canning. Even our neighbors helped because daddy always raised enough to give them some. They helped by hoeing potatoes, picking & shelling peas and beans, and shucking corn and we all sat around and talked and laughed. When the work was all done the neighbors could take home a fair share of their work. Daddy planted and grew his garden by the Old Farmers Almanac. He used practices handed down for generations on bug control etc. all safe organic. With out a tractor and only a hand plow we all worked the garden, we were fortunate that the soil was very good and he rotaed the crops from year to year. We got plenty of exercise and the best quality food. I still get spring fever as he called it, wanting to plant and get my hands into the dirt. I love gardening!!!

Tony5657 2014-06-28 08:16:44 -0500 Report

Trudie, you remind me of my background but my grandfather planted, cultivated and sold commercially. I was about 13 when he allowed me to drive the tractor and cultivate and plant. Precious memories and great food. Hey, I like to know just where my food has been and how it was treated!! LOL I didn't get much exercise driving the tractor but we had large smaller patches (gardens) we did by hand and those gave me a work out. Thanks for your comment! I loved it…Tony

Type1Lou 2014-06-28 07:07:06 -0500 Report

I would also add that you get fresh and flavorful fruits and veggies (for edible gardens) that are grown under conditions you control, or if you work on flower gardens, enjoyment of the beauty.

GabbyPA 2014-06-29 18:41:28 -0500 Report

I didn't used to do flowers, but this year I did some because I have bees now and having some flowers near by keeps them happy. Though they are doing great on what they are finding in the neighborhood.

Tony5657 2014-06-28 08:33:58 -0500 Report

Type1Lou, yes, my father was sales manager for a group of commercial farms back in the 1960s - 1980s. That involved several thousand acres of farms in several locations in TX and they shipped produce by the ton by railroad and 18 wheeler trucks. Even back then, they used tons of fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides on the crops. They had a large commercial "shipping shed", as they called it and claimed the packaged produce they shipped was clean and washed. I often watched as the hired Mexico nationals (none spoke English) "cleaned" them, then packaged them and that process left much to be desired. They removed the dirt but NOT the chemicals except those that could be "spritzed" off. I suspect the modern day chemicals, especially the GMO stuff, is still in the produce. Sort of kills my appetite for bought produce. Hey, I don't know where it has been and what's lurking inside it. Buying organic sounds good but I don't trust our government to be able to strictly enforce it. What's the answer? Grow your own, IF you're able. Hey, I love ornamental flowers but I concentrate on edible things. By the way, speaking of things we grew, in junior high we used to smoke grapevines! Ahhh, the things kids do…LOL…Tony in New BraunfelsTX

Type1Lou 2014-06-28 08:51:46 -0500 Report

My mother came from a farm family and one of my aunts/uncles had dairy and grew strawberries, corn, potatoes and tomatoes mostly. I remember digging up potatoes when we visited one summer and grabbing the original potato used to start the plant…yucky and mushy and smelly. The farm family worked hard, were never rich but ate well and were a happy place to visit. My aunt also grew gladiolus to sell at a road-side stand with the veggies. Brings back fond memories.