Skip the gym and get out in the garden

By simply eating four or more servings of green salad a week and working in the garden once or twice a week, smokers and nonsmokers alike may be able to substantially reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, say researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. [ read more MD Anderson research links diet, gardening and lung cancer risk]

MD Anderson chose gardening for the study because it is an activity that anyone can do. Those who garden had a much lower risk of lung cancer whether or not they had previously smoked.

While all of you are making those New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym and exercise more, why not just spend more time in the garden puttering around? Smaller lifestyle changes are more easily maintained. Gardening is something anyone can do and a great deal of fun. Instead of spending the money on a gym membership, take it to the nursery and buy yourself some cool and interesting plants.

Mets earned in the garden:
Water garden or walk about garden 1.5
Applying fertilizer 2.5
Trimming shrubs 3.5
Raking or planting 4.0
Mowing 4.5
Carting stuff from one end of the yard to the other 5.0
{ Mets for other activities: walk slow 1 Met, Biking 4, Jogging 5-6, running 10-12 }

Gardening also has a lower risk of injury than other activities you are likely to take up at a rate of 1/2 of 1%. Recently a lack of vitamin D has being identified as a way to prevent cancer and the best way to get yours to to get a bit of sunshine.