When I was sent this information I just knew you guys would love it. How about burning calories with gardening? Gardencise is the perfect exercise without leaving your garden and still burning as many calories as you may with a run or swim.
We all know that a bit of gardening makes us hot and sweaty but how many calories does it really burn. Is it actually a worthy exercise? Could you do this instead of going for a run? I have some information from Evergreen Garden Care which tells us a bit more about how we can burn calories gardening – Gardencise!
What is Gardencise?
I am not suggesting you take weights into the garden or a yoga mat. It literally is doing gardening to burn calories. Gardencise! The calorie values we have is based on someone who weighs 10 stone. So the reality is for everyone who weighs more than that you are burning even more calories!
Just by doing what you would be doing in the garden anyway you could lose weight, bonus I say! Apparently the average person burns 80-140 calories per mile running. Clearly we had underestimated some of these gardening jobs as they are actually reasonably similar. Though maybe you have to do them a little longer.
How can you exercise while gardening?
Mowing: get rid of long, dead and old grass with a quick 20-minute session of mowing the lawn, and burn up to 94 calories in the process. The Fitbit I bought after reading an article on MyPriceGuide showed you can definitely burn up to 94 calories whilst mowing the lawn but obviously, it depends how much effort you put in, my garden is hilly which helps!
Digging: revamp your garden by digging and prepping your garden to plant something new and burn over 320 calories an hour in doing so!
Weeding: burn up to 280 calories an hour by squatting for each weed you pull out – remember to engage glutes for each weed!
Pruning: make your movements as wide as possible when pruning by increasing the arc from your starting position to your ending position. Pruning garden shrubs can burn up to 280 calories an hour.
Raking: Put maximum energy into raking and seeding the lawn and burn over 125 calories in a half hour session!
Shoveling: burn over 570 calories when shoveling garden waste into a wheelbarrow or garden waste bin
Carrying: strengthen and tone your arms and shoulders by pushing a wheelbarrow. Carrying heavy loads in the garden can burn up to 490 calories an hour!
Using Tools: when using tools to remove weeds, trim hedges and dig plants, perform gardening tasks in the same way as you would in the gym to get maximum benefits. For example, incorporate lunges between each movement etc.
Balancing: have fun in the garden between mowing and digging to balance and strengthen and stabilise your body on props around the garden
Running: make the most your beautiful lawn with running, skipping, and aerobic exercises like star jumps between gardening.
Garden exercise tips
Before starting any garden exercise or gardencise, warm up by doing some body balancing exercises to target deep muscles that support the spine.
Regularly change jobs; try to limit the time spent on any one activity to 20 minutes
Ensure you do some post-gardening stretches and keep stretching regularly to prevent any aches and pains.
How many calories can I burn an hour?
Look how an hour of the following activities for a 10 stone person can burn so many calories.
|Carrying heavy loads||490|
|Chopping logs quickly||1070|
|Collecting grass or leaves||252|
|Mowing lawn with a push-along mower||280|
|Mowing lawn with a ride-on mower||154|
Just to put this into perspective, 100 calories is equal to 2 ginger nut biscuits, 9 pringles (crisps not tubes!), a small glass of wine, or a 2 finger KitKat! Don’t shoot the messenger though these are all according to the NHS.
Why Gardencise is so good for your mental health
It is so important to be outside and in the fresh air and can really help us mentally. As you know I have depression and have talked to you about this previously. Sometimes just sitting outside watching the birds and clouds makes a huge difference to the way I am feeling. While outside then I get motivated to do some gardening.
Fresh air and no screen time makes a difference to things like headaches too. Do you have a lot of headaches which may be due to the screen use or stress? Have a walk into the garden and see what a difference it can make.
Knowing how many calories gardening can burn does inspire me a little more to get out and do it. Do you agree?
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