Why is cycling and gardening so compatible? Well maybe it's because they are both a tool to use in the overall goal of achieving physical and mental well being. Each activity is a form of aerobic exercise and if used in the correct manner can:
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Increase general stamina
- Increase resistance to fatigue and build extra energy
- Improve mood
- Decrease tension
- Aid sleep
- Reduce depression and anxiety
- Tone muscles and increase lean body mass
By exercising you are increasing your body's cardiovascular endurance and efficiency.
|Shovelling a load of chicken manure|
All of our garden beds are prepared manually using implements such as forks, shovels, mattocks, rakes, etc. requiring a fair output of energy. Even the rotary tiller plays a part in improving our resistance. By spending a couple of hours a week in the garden you not only receive the benefits of aerobic exercise but you tend to keep your weight in check as well. An added benefit of course is the regular supply of fresh vegetables to supplement your diet. Now combine this with regular cycling and you should be well on your way to achieving a healthy lifestyle.
|U3A Peddling for Pleasure Group|
|Not a grouch amongst them|
From personal experience, both cycling and gardening attracts nice types and it pays to belong to both gardening and cycling clubs or groups purely for the contacts and friendships that can develop from such activities. There are a lot of lonely people out there who can derive many benefits from giving a little of themselves and receiving in return the comradeship that groups offer.
In both the cycling and gardening clubs you hear a lot of friendly banter and laughter which indicates that people are relaxed and enjoying each others company. Tension and stress seem to take a vacation when engaging in these two activities and this alone must be good for the soul and reduce any anxiety build up you may have.
|Even the bird is relaxed in our garden|
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