Use lawn maintenance as exercise
After a winter of being sedentary inside, warm spring weather is the perfect reason to get active outside. Besides its obvious positive physical effects, recent studies show exercise can have mental benefits as well. But if the idea of jogging makes you want to run back inside, that’s okay. Simple tasks you probably need, or want, to do in your yard can have unexpected benefits. “Spring cleaning the lawn with weeding, mulching, and law moving can help you to increase the amount of walking you do each day,” says fitness and nutrition expert Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. “Planting and maintaining your garden is a great way to boost your overall step count as well as increase the amount of bending and lifting you do.” According to fitness guru Jillian Michaels, gardening can burn up to 256 calories an hour, and lawn mowing 160 per half-hour. Here are 10 ways gardening is one of the healthiest things you can do.
Bring the outdoors inside
Once nice weather hits, we want to be outside as much as we can. Unfortunately, obligations at home and work keep us cooped up more than we want to be. Instead, hit up the garden center for plants or flowers that can thrive inside. “Adding plants and flowers works wonders for your well-being,” says Deborah Serani, PsyD, award-winning author of Living with Depression and a psychology professor at Adelphi University. “Studies show that having greenery in your life reduces stress, reduces depressed mood, improves attention and concentration, reduces high blood pressure and creates an atmosphere of beauty.” Plants can help reoxygenate your house and make it easier to breathe, and flowers add scents that can boost your mood. So if you can’t get to nature, bring nature to you! Discover the 29 secrets your houseplants would tell you if they could.