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Garden Your Way to Fitness

Like many of you I try to squeeze way too much into one day. In order to accomplish many of my goals I try to look for ways to double, even triple the benefits of everything I do.  This is why I combine my gardening activities and fitness program.

Gardening can help you burn calories, build your health and well being, while you take care of your landscape throughout the year. 

Drink plenty of water and stretch before you start digging, raking and other garden activities. Slow easy bends can warm up muscles and help avoid strains.

Further avoid strain and injury with proper posture.  Standing straight and using your core muscles will help avoid injury.  Keep movements close to your body and your hands in a neutral position to avoid strain and injury that often occurs with repetitive movements.

And even better, gardening can burn anywhere from 155 to 260 calories per hour.

A bit more information: Don’t let arthritis, bad knees, and back problems keep you out of the garden.  Look for adaptive tools and equipment to help you keep gardening.  Consider incorporating raised beds, containers and vertical wall gardens as part of your landscape.  They position the garden within easy reach, allowing you to keep moving and gardening.

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