How to Lose Weight While Gardening
by Candee Stark
Have you ever dreaded the idea of pulling weeds, planting a tree, or
pushing a lawn mower around the yard? Does just thinking about it make
you sweat? I am sure the majority of are nodding your heads in
What I am about to suggest only takes a slight change in your thinking
and a bit of planning and you can learn how to lose weight and get in
better shape while gardening this year. For those of you that are
already gardeners, you know that gardening is one of the best ways to
get exercise because it involves all of the muscle groups in your body.
Like I mentioned earlier, we only need to change the way you think
about outside chores. See I am falling into the trap too, I just called
them chores. Instead, you should think of them as outdoor exercises
that are designed to enhance the condition of your body and help you
As with any exercise program, check with your doctor before starting.
Make sure you are dressed properly and that you stretch before
beginning. If you aren’t used to exercising in the garden or
been relatively inactive all winter, start slowly.
Start with weeding, watering, and planting seeds. As you feel yourself
getting stronger you can increase your gardening repertoire to include:
pruning, heavy digging, hoeing, pushing a loaded wheelbarrow, or mowing
I think you get the idea because the list of outdoor gardening exercise
ideas is endless! Even carrying plants or a bag of potting soil to the
car from the store and then out into the yard is exercise! You can
potentially burn up to 300-600 calories per hour depending on your
intensity and which gardening exercises you engage in.
You CAN lose weight by gardening ~ eat less and move more! The
following list shows what a typical man weighing 180 pounds will burn
in 30 minutes of activity. If you weigh more you can burn even more
* Watering lawn/garden~61
* Bagging leaves~ 162
* Planting seeds/seedlings~ 162
* Planting trees~ 182
* Weeding ~ 182
* Clearing Land ~ 202
* Digging, spading, tilling~ 202
* Laying Sod~202
* General gardening~ 202
* Chopping wood~ 243
* Gardening with heavy power tools~ 243
* Mowing the lawn with a push mower~243
* Shoveling snow~ 243
* Shoveling heavy snow~ 364 cals
Tips for your success:
1. Don’t over do it~ one or two hours of gardening is plenty,
especially when you are beginning!
2. Don’t lift objects that are too heavy for you. If you
yourself, chances are that you won’t be able to continue to
garden for exercise and weight loss.
3. Stretch before, during and after gardening. Don’t stay
your knees while weeding or planting for extended periods of time~ get
up and move!
4. Get out in your garden and exercise at least 3-4 times a week.
5. Continue your outdoor exercise routine even after you last blooms
have faded. Shoveling the snow, raking leaves, and splitting wood are
great calorie burners that will lead to weight loss!
6. Don’t forget the added benefit of growing your own healthy
fruits and vegetables and your yard will look beautiful from all of
your hard work!
Once you get into the habit of viewing gardening as an excellent way to
lose weight and stay in shape, you may never go back to the gym again!
© 2005, Candee Stark and Flowers-and-Garden.com
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