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Physical Benefits of Gardening

A physical therapist at OSF HealthCare in Alton says a low-impact workout through gardening may be the perfect exercise for you. Kelly Bogowith (BAH-go-with) says planting roots – literally – is the jump-start much needed after being cooped up during colder temperatures. She gives some examples:



As for the benefits, she says reaching for flowers promotes flexibility. Hauling that wheelbarrow or lifting a dirt-filled shovel builds muscles and endurance. And being on your hands and knees promotes balance. But like any exercise, Bogowith warns you can overdo it.

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