Ways to Get Fit in Your Garden
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Take It Outside
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 elements of fitness.
Research shows that gardening for 30-45 minutes most days of the week has significant health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of high blood pressure and contributing to healthier bones, muscles, and joints. 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 prepare your muscles for gardening just as you would for any 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.