While the mental and physical health benefits of gardening are no secret, new data has revealed that simple gardening tasks could be helping you burn as many calories as a workout. The study found everything from mowing the lawn to watering your plants could banish up to 435 calories – but which gardening tasks should you be doing to up your exercise?
With the average gym workout burning an average of 108-252 calories per hour, it seems that gardening is the new way to lose weight while in the comfort of your own home.
Kate Fromings from WhatShed told Express.co.uk: “With many people developing a love for gardening over lockdown, and as the gym isn’t for everyone, it’s exciting to learn that people can still get their daily exercise in without leaving their property.
“The idea that people are burning so many calories without realising it, may encourage people to stick with their gardening habits throughout winter, and even encourage others to start renovating and rejuvenating their back gardens, which is music to our ears!
Their study of 20 smart-watch wearing gardeners revealed an hour-long session in the garden could help women to burn as many as 300 calories and more than 400 calories for men.
The ‘ultimate’ garden workout:
Replacing those dreaded workouts with the enjoyment of gardening is easily done with this fitness expert-approved garden routine.
This fitness-focused gardening routine uses a mixture of weight-bearing and resistance exercises that will leave your garden looking pristine.
Not only is this routine designed to burn extra calories, but it is also beneficial to your muscles and overall health, says WhatShed.
The average man could burn up to 340 calories, whilst the average woman could burn up to 240 using this gardening routine:
- 15 minutes raking leaves
- 20 minutes mowing the lawn
- 10 minutes weeding
- 15 minutes watering the plants