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Gardening Is as Good as Going to a Gym, New Research Suggests

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We’re all looking for a way to get a fit and happy in our lives, but you probably didn’t think that spending time in your garden could help.

It has been proven that gardening can have therapeutic benefits with garden therapy projects popping up all across the UK.

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However, it’s now also claimed that there’s definitely physical benefits, as well.

A long-term study from researchers around the world has measured weekly “leisure time physical activity” and compared it to the risks of various forms of death, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Using eleven years of data and nearly 90,000 participants, the data all came from the National Health Interview Survey created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The “leisure time physical activity” was defined by activities more enjoyable than the gym including gardening, dancing, and simply going for a walk.

By doing these things for only 10 to 59 minutes a week, it led to an 18 percent lower risk of mortality, while more physical activity  further decreased that risk.

150 to 299 minutes of physical activity each week led to a 31 percent decrease in all-cause mortality.

In other words, even more reason to pick up a trowel!

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