Use flower power to feed your fitness fix

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The old saying is “April showers bring May flowers”, but what if you don’t plant any?  Flowers and other plants do a lot more than just add curb appeal to your home.  Studies have shown that there are many correlations between people who are healthy and people who enjoy gardening.  Your friends here at Hello Smooth love helping you get your outer beauty AND your inner beauty to both shine brightly, so here are a few useful pointers about how you can use the power of the earth to enhance your health and help you on your quest to find that overall balance in your life.

Use flower power to feed your fitness fix.  Gardening outdoors can be a great way to stay in shape.  Being outside and working the earth can burn over 300 calories per hour, and fight a myriad of potential serious health issues, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stress
  • Osteoporosis

This is not even a complete list of the potential health benefits that gardening can provide you if you choose to take it up as a hobby, or even as just part of a healthy daily routine.

Gardening isn’t just good for you — it’s good for the planet, too.  Planting flowers and other plants around your home and property is great in many ways.  Great landscaping choices can add curb appeal to your home, and also attract a variety of insects and wildlife that also help the environment.  Bees are attracted to bright, colorful blooms that promise them precious pollen for their hive, and birds of all shapes and sizes enjoy feasting on the nectar of a variety of different species of flowers.  So when you garden, you’re helping yourself and making the world a better, more beautiful place.  Give yourself a nice pat on the back!

As always, make sure you use a good sunscreen while you are out in the garden taking care of business.  Vitamin D from the sunshine is your friend, but harmful UV rays are most definitely NOT.  And be sure to ask your local florist or landscape shop any questions about specifics when it comes to what will work best for you and what you’re trying to accomplish with your garden.

If you’ve already got a garden, or a uniquely green thumb, share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram, with hashtags #SpringBling #GreenQueen #GardenGals. We’d LOVE to see your creativity and eye for beauty.  Be Smooth.  Be Cool.  Be YOU!

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