11 Ways to Get Fit in Your Garden

11 Ways to Get Fit in Your Garden

11 Ways to Get Fit in Your Garden
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11 Ways to Get Fit in Your Garden

As a gardening enthusiast, you may spend hours creating a healthier, more beautiful garden. But have you ever thought about how gardening can produce a healthier you? Gardening incorporates many elements of fitness—and, best of all, you may be enjoying yourself so much that you don’t even notice that you’re exercising. Gardening activities such as digging, weeding, trimming shrubs and mowing the lawn can expend the same amount of energy as walking, cycling, swimming and aerobics.

Try to stick to a regular garden exercise routine rather than saving up your outdoor work for one marathon session. Aim for 30-60 minutes of gardening two or three times each week.

Plan to warm up your muscles for gardening just as you would for any other form of exercise. If you jump right in, you might end up with sore muscles or an injury. After walking around for a warm-up, perform a few of these stretches.

Stretching how-to: Do not bounce or perform the movements quickly. Move in a slow, controlled manner until you feel slight resistance. Then hold the position for a minimum of 30 seconds.

Before any strenuous physical activity, be sure to talk to your doctor.

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