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Keen to get more active? Try a workout that doesn't feel like exercise
Friday, 17 July · 1 min read

A garden is more than just a place for plants and flowers -- it’s a space where you can work out while doing something rewarding and uplifting.

Activities like lawn mowing, digging, raking, pushing a wheelbarrow, pulling weeds, paving or planting all count as moderate physical activity. This means they can help to burn calories and build muscle strength.

Studies suggest that exposure to green spaces and plants can also improve your mental wellbeing.

Try to change the activity you’re doing every 30 minutes so you use different muscles and don’t put too much strain on a specific body part.

If you don’t have a garden or access to a community garden, you can still enjoy the health benefits by:

  • joining a local gardening group
  • setting up a community outdoor space with others
  • volunteering at a garden centre or park
Quote of the day

Life begins the day you start a garden.

Chinese proverb

How to get the ultimate gardening workout