Some gardeners have ever considered the immense amounts of exercise one can get in the process of gardening even though it usually only thought as a productive way to grow beautiful plants and obtain tasty fruits and vegetables. Gardening is very productive and you can get almost as much muscle (if not more) exercise as you do working out at the same time.
How could gardening possibly give as much exercise as working out? You may wonder about it. It is due to all the various facets of preparing a garden. Digging holes, carrying bags and pots and pulling weeds is a lot of work. All of these things help to work out almost every group of muscles in your body.
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I have a brother who is fanatic about working out. I end up interrupting some muscle toning activity almost every time I call his house. Different from me, I have never really enjoyed working out. It seems that the constant lifting of heavy things just puts a strain on my body with no immediate positive results. Almost every day, I work outside improving my garden. I think my brother is definitely going to be surprised realizing that I am almost as muscular as he is, yet I have never lifted a single dumbbell!
You should always stretch out before you go out into your garden. It’s still a good idea even if your goal isn’t to work out and get exercise. Gardeners often spend long periods of time hunched over or bent over which can be bad for your back. You should always take frequent breaks as well if you’re spending long amounts of time in these positions.
Pruning and weeding are some of the best workouts a gardener can get. The legs get a great workout with the constant crouching and standing. Your arms will become particularly toned just from the effort required to remove them from the ground if your weeds are particularly resistant. Think very seriously that you should always be switching arms and positions to spread out the work between different areas of your body if you plan on taking the whole workout.
Transporting and lifting of bags and pots are some of the most obvious ways to get exercise. You will have to move the bags multiple times (to the checkout, to your car, to your garden, and then spreading them out accordingly) between the nursery and your house. Even though you probably don’t make these purchases very often, transporting bags and pots can give you a fairly big workout as long as you remember to lift with your legs and not your back.
A great exercise can also be done with mowing your grass. Pushing the mower through the grass will give you more of a workout than going to the gym for a few hours; of course, the mower should be the one that isn’t self-propelled. Use your chest, arms, back, and shoulder to keep the mower ahead of you during the course of mowing the grass. To propel the mower, your thighs and butt also get worked a lot. You can improve your heart’s health as well as you get an all-around muscle work out. It is a great way to lose weight due to the increased heart rate and heavy breathing and also good as a cardiovascular activity for you.
You are on the right path if you plan on using gardening as a way to get in shape or lose some weight. Just don’t forget to stretch out, drink plenty of water, and apply sunscreen. I think you’ll have a great time and end up being a healthier person because of it, as long as you take steps to prevent the few negative effects such as pulled muscles, dehydration and sunburn.