Gardening has many benefits besides beautifying your neighborhood and giving you giant zucchinis every year.
- Cardiovascular health
- Muscle strength
- Go green
- Healthier diet
- Continuous learning
- Esthetic satisfaction
Use a sunscreen between 15 and 30 SPF. Wear a hat. Drink water. Try to do most of your gardening before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.to avoid the most intense sunlight. Wear gloves. Get a tetanus vaccination every 10 years, as tetanus lives in the soil. If you are going to be gardening for several hours, take some snacks as well as water with you into the garden. After a day of heavy gardening you need some rest, but that doesn't mean lying on the sofa watching a game. The next day, keep moving, but do less intense work and take a nap if possible, to allow your muscles time to grow and heal.
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CDC: Be healthy and safe in the garden
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