A New Study Says Gardening Is Just as Good as Going to the Gym — Keep Women Healthy

Gardening is for Healthy Living
Gardening is for Healthy Living

 

A long-term study from researchers across the world—China, Texas, North Carolina—tracked something a bit easier, and more fun. They measured something called “leisure time physical activity,” done in varying weekly amounts, and compared it to the risks of various forms of death, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The study is unusual because it took place over such a […]

via A New Study Says Gardening Is Just as Good as Going to the Gym — Keep Women Healthy

 

This story originally appeared on Better Homes & Gardens

Trying to squeeze in the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week can seem daunting — that’s a lot of time at the gym! But what if you could reap the emotional and physical benefits of working out through a favorite leisure activity, like tending to your garden?

A long-term study from researchers across the world—China, Texas, North Carolina—tracked something a bit easier, and more fun. They measured something called “leisure time physical activity,” done in varying weekly amounts, and compared it to the risks of various forms of death, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The study is unusual because it took place over such a long period; the researchers used eleven years of data and nearly 90,000 participants. The data all came from the National Health Interview Survey, an annual event done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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