Carrying a bit of extra post-winter timber? You don’t necessarily need to pull on your running trainers and subscribe to an expensive gym – a few hours spent tending to your garden could help you burn calories and shed the pounds. Not only that, gardening also provide many other health benefits.
It helps you lose weight
On paper, losing weight is very simple: you need to burn more calories than you put into the body. Gardening is more active than you might think. Depending on the activity, you could burn up to 800 calories an hour.
Light activities like watering your plants with a hose burn around 120 calories an hour. At the other end of the scale, mowing the lawn with a push mower could burn fat quicker than expected – possibly using 500 calories per hour. That’s not much less than what someone weighing 125 pounds would burn at a steady pace on a treadmill for the same amount of time.
It keeps your heart healthy
We need to raise our heart rate regularly in order to keep our heart healthy – particularly as we get older. Experts recommend we engage in some kind of exercise at least three times a week at 30 minutes apiece.
Why not combine these half-hours of movement with your gardening duties? What’s more, you’ll be out in the sunshine which will provide your recommended daily amount of vitamin D.
It improves your confidence
Nothing makes us feel better than being on our feet and out of the house in the sunshine. As well as that, gardening can keep the brain active as you learn about new varieties and techniques.
Research has suggested that half an hour of gardening each week can reduce both stress and fatigue.