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Gardening combines the three main types of physical activity: endurance, strength and flexibility.

Regular gardening chores, such as raking, tilling or weeding can be as intense as a workout at the gym.

A Texas research study found that gardeners reported higher life satisfaction, physical activity, energy levels and better general health.

According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, gardening has many benefits, including:

  • Improved concentration and memory
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved feelings of calm and relaxation
  • Increased social interaction
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved motor skills and eye-hand coordination

Community Gardens

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. There are many neighbourhood gardens in Waterloo Region. They are located in vacant lots, common yards of housing complexes, apartment buildings and spaces donated by churches.

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