Can Gardening Be a Good Form of Exercise?

Exercise is essential to everyday life. However, going to the gym every morning just isn’t possible for many of us. To keep fit and healthy, all you need is 30 minutes of non-stop activity a day…

That’s right. Just 30 minutes (or longer!) of gardening a day is enough to keep the doctor away. Activities such as weeding, mowing the grass, and planting bulbs can do wonders for the old ticker. Not only does it raise your heart-rate and gets your body pumping, but it also helps you get much needed fresh air and vitamin D.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, just 30 minutes of pushing the lawn-mower around the garden is just as vigorous as riding a bike or playing doubles in tennis. Perfect for those not used to more intense of a work out.

Like any workout, you want to make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions before pottering in the garden. This includes light stretching and building up your activities from light to moderate to ensure you don’t hurt or injure yourself. Any sudden movements or twisting of the body can cause more harm than good.

Gardening is a great form of exercise, and any amount of time you have in the garden is time well spent. Be safe when starting any task and always ask for help if you feel that you’re over-stepping your abilities. Better to be safe than sorry later!

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The Most Iconic Flowers in Film

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Big Fish, 2003

Flowers in film take on brand new meanings. From representing love, innocence or rage, flowers have taken an important supporting role in films for decades. Keep reading to discover some of the most iconic floral moments in cinema.

City Lights
City Lights, 1931

The story of Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp and how he falls in love with a blind flower girl. Throughout the film we see the Tramp with a flower that he received from the Flower Girl on the street. The flower symbolizes beauty and the Tramp’s love for the Flower Girl.

The Wizard of Oz
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The Wizard of Oz, 1939

The classic movie The Wizard of Oz was the first Hollywood film released in Technicolour. There’s no end to the displays of beautiful flowers shown throughout the film, however one of the most vibrant scenes of the film is when Dorothy is found sleeping in a large field of scarlet poppies, which have long been used to represent sleep and peace throughout history.

Vertigo
Vertigo - Flower Shop — Reel SF
Vertigo, 1959

Flowers are a recurring motif in Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo. At the beginning of the movie, Madeleine enters a magnificent florist and buys a beautiful and delicate bunch of nosegay flowers. The bouquet appears again several times, most notably when Madeleine stands at the edge of San Francisco Bay, plucking petals from the flowers and tossing them into the water. The destruction of the bouquet mirrors Madeleine’s fixation on self-destruction.

Big Fish
Big Fish, 2004

The mesmerising daffodil field in the 2003 iconic film, Big Fish, is one of the most iconic use of flowers in film. Upon opening the window to Edward Bloom standing in a sea of sunshine-yellow daffodils, Sandra realises that every flower was planted for her.

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland, 2010

From roses, iris, daisies, pansies, tulips and sweetpeas, there is no shortage of flowers in Alice in Wonderland. When Alice chases the White Rabbit, she runs into a flower garden where she meets a large group of beautiful flowers. The Flowers of Wonderland who live near the White Rabbit’s House are sentient beings who love to sing.