National Gardening Exercise Day is observed each year on June 6 and encourages us to maximize the benefits we reap from gardening by adding some stretches and a few extra steps or squats.
Gardening on its own is therapeutic, builds muscles and burns calories. Some of the gardening activities that are excellent for working your muscles and for burning calories include: weeding, digging, spading, planting, pruning, mowing, raking, and walking.
Many of us do not realize the amount of good exercise that we can get while working outside in the garden. It involves a lot of walking back and forth as well as bending up and down along with other things. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine are also an added benefit. Incorporating stretching into a gardening routine may help to prevent injury, much like it does for any athletic endeavor. Adding those squats will contribute to building or maintaining muscle and extra steps may make gardening more aerobic if it increases the heart rate.
Other suggestions to get the most exercise out of your gardening: