GARDENING MAKES GOOD EXERCISE
Good gardening provides an adequate and challenging workout because it uses all the major muscle groups in the human body. Your legs, buttocks, shoulders, arms, neck and back all get a workout, but as a low-impact activity, it is not as stressful to the muscle groups as jogging or aerobics.
Heavy yard work like raking, shovelling, carrying, loading or stacking wood, clearing land or hauling branches help improve endurance and strengthen joints, while all the stretches and contortions in the garden can help increase and maintain your flexibility.
You can potentially burn up to 300-600 calories per hour depending on your intensity and which gardening exercises you engage in.
A typical man weighing around 180 pounds can burn up to 162 calories in thirty minutes of raking, and up to 243 calories gardening with heavy power tools like electric-strimmers.
Trimming shrubs is comparable to walking three miles per hour (mph), raking and sacking leaves or grass compares to bicycling at 10 mph, and mowing with a push mower expends almost as much energy as playing football or tennis.
Many gardeners find their hobby a healthy respite from the busy office and a way to enjoy getting physically active. Gardening gives you a chance to be creative and any time spent planning or researching is also a great brain workout.
The Sports Council for Wales has compiled a list of top tips for successful active gardening, so that you can keep your mind and body in shape, and still take time to smell the roses!
- Get a gardening routine
Try to stick to a regular garden exercise routine. Rather than saving up your outdoor work for one marathon weekend session, schedule at least 30-60 minutes of gardening two or three times a week. If you work during the day, then early mornings (if you can get up) evenings and weekends are ideal gardening times.