So today, I am writing about ways we can consider gardening as exercise.
How many calories do you burn raking leaves?
How many calories are burned shoveling?
Digging holes with a shovel can burn over 500 calories per hour! source
You can easily get plenty of exercise just doing garden work.
There is only one way to be successful at losing weight.
The first being the organic healthy food you need for a well-balanced diet, and the second being a moderate amount of physical activity required for maintaining a successful garden.
- Digging, spading, filling garden, composting burns 272 calories per hour
- Planting seedlings, shrubs burns 228 calories per hour
- Raking leaves burns 224 calories per hour
- Picking up the yard, light yard work, picking flowers or vegetables burns 136 calories per hour
- Walking, 3.0 mph, moderate speed, not carrying anything burns 156 calories per hour
- Bicycling, leisure, slower than 10 mph, to work or for pleasure burns 204 calories per hour
- Weight lifting, light or moderate effort, light workout burns 136 calories per hour
Of course, the larger the garden, the more work required. Cultivating the soil, picking weeds, watering, digging holes, and turning compost are all physically demanding and work your muscles.
Tips for getting a good workout in the garden:
Squat as you weed, and hold the position until your legs burn. Resist the urge to sit or kneel, and you’ll work your leg muscles beautifully.
Using a variety of motions at a steady pace, perform a variety the following moves: raking, mowing, weeding, pruning, digging. Alternate between them, every 15 minutes or so.
To reap the maximum health benefits from your gardening use as little machinery as possible. Use manual clippers, trimmers and lawnmowers if possible.
Check out these gardening workout videos for more ideas:
Learn more outdoor exercises you can do for free at FrugalEverything.com.
Learn how you can use essential oils to help you acheive your fitness goals at TheOrganicGoatLady.com.
So can growing tomatoes actually help you lose weight?
I do tend to lose some weight when the weather warms outside and I’m spending more time in the garden and less time inside hiding from the cold and wind.
I’m not going to promise that you can lose 30 pounds in 90 days by using gardening as exercise, but you can get some extra physical activity that you need to keep your body fit. Plus, keeping active and busy is a good way to prevent eating out of boredom!
And the best part is that all of the work you put into your vegetable garden will yield healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables to support your diet and nutrition goals.
Or, you can stand on a vibrating platform, watch your body jiggle, and hope the latest and greatest exercise invention works. 😜
I’d love to hear how you use gardening as exercise!
Leave me a comment below!