By Caitlin Watzke
Gardening is an effective way to fight osteoporosis. The University of Arkansas found that women who garden or do yard work at least once a week have higher bone density than those who do traditional forms of exercise. Having a higher bone density decreases the risk of osteoporosis, which affects about 54 million American men and women.
Lead researcher Dr. Lori Turner was quoted as saying, “[Gardening is] taken for such a dainty activity. But there ís a lot of weight-bearing motion going on in the garden – digging holes, pulling weeds, pushing a mower.” The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that weight-bearing exercises are important for building and maintaining bone density.
People are likely to garden more often than other forms of exercise because it feels less like a workout and more like a hobby. It also provides exposure to the sun, which helps the body produce vitamin D and absorb more calcium, an important nutrient for bone health.