ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Alcohol Abuse Can Damage Bones
CANCER
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
CAREGIVING
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding
Mild Flu Season Coming to a Close
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Holistic Dentistry-My View
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
DIET, NUTRITION
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
DASH Diet Has Extra Benefits for Women's Health
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
EYE CARE, VISION
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
FITNESS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Week of Historic Senate Hearings on Integrative Medicine May Open New Doors
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
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You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden

SUNDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- Beautiful blossoms aren't the only reward you get from gardening. It's also a good workout.

"Working in your garden is a great way to exercise. Whether pulling weeds or spreading mulch, you are using major muscles all over your body and you're sure to break a sweat," Kara Smith, special programs coordinator for the Loyola University Health System's Center for Fitness, said in a news release.

She offered the following gardening exercise and safety tips:

* Establish a regular gardening routine that includes 30 to 60 minutes of yard work two to three times a week.
* Take a brisk walk around the yard to warm up your body before you start gardening.
* If raking is required, make sure to alternate your movement, using both sides of your body to ensure they get an equal amount of work.
* Also switch hands often when digging, using both arms. This helps prevent blisters, repetitive motion injuries and muscle imbalances.
* Take a break to drink some water.
* Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a wide-brimmed hat.
* When lifting heavy items, bend at the knees and keep your back straight.
* Invest in a kneeling cushion to support and protect your knees.
* Wear gloves to avoid getting blisters on your hands.

SOURCES: Loyola University Health System, news release, June 2009 Published on: July 05, 2009