Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Trying to Get Fit? Give Gardening a Try!


Is your resolution to get fit in 2013 starting to lose it's luster?  Have you given up on the gym? Bored with Zumba?

Then it may be time to try a new activity.

You could take up golf or tennis. . .or get out in the backyard and play with your kids. Basketball or a game of catch are both good ways to burn some calories and keep your kids entertained.

But there's a sneaky way to burn some calories AND add some curb appeal to your house.

GARDENING!

Yep, gardening not only makes your yard look better, but can give you a pretty good workout. In fact, according to a recent article in Birds & Bloom Magazine, you can burn up to 200 calories in just a half hour!  Granted, that is by using a push mower. . .but there are other activities you can do in the garden that burn calories AND make your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

Just a half-hour of these activities can burn more than 100 calories:

Digging and Spading Dirt - 190 calories
Weeding - 170 calories
Planting Seedlings -150 calories
Raking - 130 calories
Trimming Shrubs (with a power tool) - 110 calories

even a riding mower can burn 70 calories in a half hour!

So this spring, plan to head to the Flower Show, grab those seed catalogs and start designing the garden of your dreams. . .you may just end up with a beautiful yard to do your yoga routine in this summer.

What sneaky ways do you act fitness into your day?

catch you soon -


11 comments:

  1. Great recommendation! I can feel spring coming and can't wait to get out and get started in my garden!

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  2. It's fun to learn how every day chores can help with weight loss. With gardening, you get a beautiful outcome, or some delicious veggies/fruit.

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  3. and if you are growing veggies, its an added bonus! ;-)

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  4. Great idea! We have a neglected garden during the summer. Maybe if I didn't neglect it so much, I'd get a double benefit. :)

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  5. Love having this break-down on burning calories. Plus, if you eat more of what you grow, that's better than all the processed foods!

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  6. I always wonder when I've spent a day collecting and bagging branches, leaves and weeds how many calories I've burned...

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  7. Love the idea of gardening in theroy .. maybe this year you made good fitness points

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  8. Thanks for listing those numbers! I am really hoping to get outside this year. We have a lot of work to do!

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  9. I'm getting ready to till my Grandma's garden, which is a little over an acre. I'm always fitter when I'm working outside and gardening. Good points!

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  10. Seriously I've tried and everything DIES!!! I need to just get back on the wagon.

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