ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Know Your Asthma Triggers
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Vitamin K Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
CANCER
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
CAREGIVING
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
Caffeine May Offer Some Skin Cancer Protection
Vitamin D Vital for the Heart
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Football Can Shrink Players
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
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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