Gardening is a truly rewarding and relaxing pursuit, but when done regularly you can lose weight and get a full work out too. Not to mention, if you’re also growing and eating your own fruit and veg, then you can build a well-rounded and healthy life style – all from your own back yard!
So if you’re not necessarily the type to get down to the gym, or you struggle to find the time, you can still get a great workout doing something that you enjoy instead.
Regular gardening can do wonders for your physical shape. Did you know that three hours of gardening can compare to around an hour of intensive workout in the gym?
According to nutritionists at Loughborough University, mowing, digging and planting for two to three hours can help burn off up to one pound a week.
Just half an hour weeding can burn up to 150 calories, and heavier tasks like hedge trimming can burn over 400 calories per hour!