Gardening Is Great Exercise for Seniors

Not everyone can be a health and fitness like Jack Lalanne, who lived to the ripe old age of 96.  He was an avid exerciser and adhered to a healthy diet and shared his healthful lifestyle through television and the print media.  But, on the average, those who pump iron and regularly undergo aerobic exercise such as jogging and bicycling do not obtain the longevity of those who perform daily chores such as housework and gardening.

 

Numerous studies now classify what seems like mundane activities as mowing the lawn, housework and gardening as forms of moderate exercise, the studies showing moderate exercises in many ways more beneficial than high intensity forms.

 

Perhaps the reason the people who live longer lives is that they enjoy their activities.  Take gardening, for instance.  Not only does gardening burn calories with the mild body movements required to weed and sow, but it also takes you outdoors for fresh air while enabling you to reap some aesthetic pleasure with blooming flowers and butterflies and nutritional benefits with herbs and vegetables and all those wonderful aromas of nature.

 

Arthritis and advancing age and debilitations can restrict and hamper the mobility of elderly gardeners.  However, some modifications in the garden plot such as elevated beds and hanging baskets and plastic pots can alleviate some physical stress.

 

Gripping tools may be difficult from arthritis, but preformed foam grips easily slip onto handles of rakes and spades and other gardening implements.  The implements themselves can be downsized and, some even, are made of lighter metal alloys and durable plastics these days.

 

Another plus for a senior with a fixed income is that seed packets for veggies, flowers and herbs are usually around a dollar each so this form of exercise is one that won’t cost you hundreds of dollars for gym membership while giving the bonus of health and extra years.

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