Growing your own vegetables can be a great way to not only incorporate more fresh food into your diet but also get some exercise. Gardening is considered a moderate to heavy intensity physical activity, and has been linked to significant beneficial changes in total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure (Armstrong, 2000.) By growing your own food you also cut down on the amount of pesticides used to protect your food and also the amount of preservatives used on your food in order to transport them. It is also just a great way to get outside and be active.
Sources: Armstrong, Donna. A survey of community gardens in upstate New York: Implications for health promotion and community development. Health & Place 6 (2000) 319-327.View Thread