I don't know about you, but I am not a big time exerciser. So when I do my daily walk, I would much rather do it outside to help the time go faster. I can listen to the birds and smell the flowers, so to say. Now, since my husband has experienced some medical issues. I have had to up my game in taking care of the garden. Wow. have I ever noticed the difference in my muscle tone and strength! That is when I decided to check into it a little further.
GARDENING EXERCISE FACTS:
According to Maryland Primary Care Physicians, "Gardening works all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck , back and abdomen." The digging, mulching, lifting, and wheelbarrow activity strengthens bones and leads to healthier joints.
The American Heart Association concluded that you can burn as many calories as you would in a gym workout. (It can help you lose weight!)
A study at Rutgers' University indicates it is much more "vigorous" than thought and improves balance and flexibility.
It gives us something to do that lowers the chance of boredom eating.
It is great for mental health, providing sunshine and vitamin D which not only boosts moods, but is an important nutrient for our bones, brain, and heart.
Being in nature often reduces STRESS (we can all use a bit of that).
Community gardening can offer the extra benefit of social interaction to decrease feelings of isolation. School based gardens also improve learning and team building.
It also encourages healthier eating.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR GARDEN WORKOUT EVEN BETTER! Look into the book Aerobic Gardening by Jeffery Restuccio.
GREAT BOOKS TO INSPIRE YOUNG GARDENERS: