If you’re not one for the gym there are plenty of ways you can keep yourself fit and healthy. One time tested method of burning a few extra calories is getting your hands dirty in the garden, and there are plenty of simple gardening tasks that can get the heart rate elevated and tire out your muscles.
One classic gardening task that’s a good workout is mowing the lawn, and it can be pretty tough if you’ve avoided it for too long! 30 minutes of cutting the grass can burn around 230 calories, so if you have a decent sized lawn you can expect to work up quite a sweat. The pushing and pulling motion of working the mower will work the chest, back, core, biceps and triceps, and the legs will get a workout as you maneuver your way around the garden.
Laying paving stones, building a wall or installing a new gate can really improve the appearance of your body as well as your garden. It involved plenty of heavy lifting as you move the bricks and slabs from A to B, and will give your core, arms and shoulders a pretty tough test. It should also give you a mental workout, as you look to line up the bricks and slabs and make sure it’s all on the level.
Planting or removing trees and shrubbery can present a challenging workout, as it involves a lot of digging, pushing and pulling. As anyone that’s removed a tree or bush that’s been in place for a while will testify, it’s not an easy task to pull those roots out of the ground!
More leisurely tasks like planting flowers, weeding or pruning roses up can also have a positive impact on your physical wellbeing. Many people find the process of gardening extremely relaxing, which can help reduce stress levels and keep you strong mentally and physically.
Thanks to Exteria Landscapes and Garden Forces for providing this interesting insight in to the health benefits of gardening. We’ll be digging out our gardening gloves as soon as this weather improves!