Get Fit While Gardening
Are you lucky enough to have a garden? If you are, you probably love spending time in it, using it to help relax and unwind after a tough day at work. If you have no garden or limited space have a look around your local allotments – it’s worth putting your name on the waiting list now and gives you a peaceful space to relax, grow some food or your favorite plants.
Besides the obvious benefits of stress relief and good food or beautiful plants, you can also use your garden to keep you fit naturally!
All the areas of the world whose residents live to an old age and relatively healthy tend to do gardening on a daily basis. So as well as the natural exercise, it also gives you healthy fresh food – there are a number of ornamental plants which also produce food so you can get the good looks plus the tasty food! Take a look at the members area for a large number of choice.
Try these techniques to get fit while gardening:
1. Grab a brush and sweep. If you see a few fallen leaves laying on the floor of your garden, grab a brush and sweep them away. Sweeping could burn as many as 200 calories per hour. Just ensure that you are sweeping hard and fast, as this will get your heart beating in no time at all.
2. Use a rake. Using a rake is an even bigger calorie burner than sweeping, burning as many as 300 calories every hour. After you’ve trimmed your lawn, grab a rake and use it to make huge piles of the grass, which can then be hauled away.
3. Trim the trees. A good calorie burner is trimming or pruning the trees in your garden. You may have to climb up to the branches, plus the sawing is hard work too. Just a few minutes pruning the dead branches from the trees in your garden will give you a good workout.
4. Digging. When you dig, you’re using your back, arms, shoulders, core, and leg muscles. It really is a great form of exercise that will get you breathing heavily in no time at all. Whether you’re digging holes for some new plants or turning over soil, it’s a great way to get fitter.
5. Hoeing. Similar to digging, hoeing is a good exercise that is useful for turning over the soil to remove those weeds. It can be especially hard when working on rocky ground. Just a few short minutes and you will have worked up quite a sweat. Try and do this mindfully to take the health benefits up a notch!
6. Squat when you are weeding. Instead of using a chair or kneeling while you weed, use the opportunity to get a leg workout in. Each time you reach down for a weed, squat into position and hold the position until your legs start to burn. If you can avoid sitting or kneeling, your legs will get a great workout.
7. Build something for the garden. Carpentry can be hard work and is another way to get fit while gardening. Perhaps you could think about building a new greenhouse, chicken run, garden box, or maybe even a playhouse/treehouse if you have children. Not only are you getting a good workout, but you’re also adding value to your home.
8. Cut your lawn. If you use it around your lawn, you’ll no doubt get a good workout.
9. Clean up the mess using a wheelbarrow. Using a wheelbarrow is a good workout for your core, forearms, arms, shoulders, and back. It gives you an excellent upper body workout while ensuring that you’re leaving your garden nice and tidy.
Using your garden for working out may seem easier said than done. Consider these ideas of what you can do to get fit while keeping your garden looking beautiful.
Another benefit of working outdoors is that you are getting some fresh air and plenty of vitamin D from the sunlight, which are both important for your good health.
No wonder these longest lived people keep going strong and have lower rates of all the diseases we seem to think are normal in our society. The daily exercise of gardening will give you a good workout without damaging and stressing your muscles and bones. It is relaxing and calming – if you do visit a gym just take a look at the faces of people working out, do they look happy, relaxed, stress free? I’m going to stick to the garden and allotment!