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Spring has sprung: seize the season

Bob Roth | Special to Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:51 am

As the glorious weather precedes the spring equinox, chants of “This is why we live here” can be heard throughout the Valley of the Sun. For Phoenicians, amnesia is bliss, as we repress all memory of those triple digit days. Knowing how precious time and the mild temperatures are, let’s celebrate spring in the garden. Grab your aging loved one, and seize the season.

The National Diabetes Education Program lists gardening as one of five ways older adults can be more physically active. Studies suggest that with an average gardening time of 60 minutes and an average heart rate of 98, it is possible for older adults to meet physical activity recommendations through gardening. Gardening not only promotes mobility, but can also promote flexibility and encourages the use of all motor skills. Gardening can increase endurance and strength and helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis.

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