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GARDENING AS

Did you know Gardening can be a form of Aerobic Fat Burning Exercise? Your gym is the outdoors, surrounded by nature and fresh air. Gardening is an excellent form of a whole-body workout that tones all of the major muscle groups including legs, buttocks, back, abdomen, neck, arms, and shoulders. Whether it comes in the form of digging up soil, setting plants or carrying water, exercise is taking place. Weeding, pruning, mowing, and even walking around the yard can increase heart rate and tone up the body. Your brain even gets a chance to workout as you plan garden designs and absorb information from resource materials. Gardening provides the three important types of exercise: endurance, flexibility, and strength.

STORY DR. KELLY GILTHORPE BURKENSTOCK

Gardening 101 Tips

• To enhance the fat burning of your gardening workout breathe deeply and use wide range of motions during your outdoor time. • Please remember to Stretch first! Just as you would stretch before going to the gym.

• Do multiple activities each time you visit your garden, be sure to switch activities every 20-30 minutes. • Put a rock or another marker to show where you are stopping an activity like weeding for that gardening session. • Take regular breaks and hydrate!

• Garden for 30 to 60 minutes and then stop, whether everything is planted or not so you do not strain your muscles.

• Lift heavy bags carefully. Remember to Lift with your legs. Use your biggest, strongest muscles for the heavy things.

• You can make gardening into a structured exercise routine by alternating light activities with heavier ones, then light activities, and so on.

• Be careful of torso twisting. (People sometimes tend to lift a shovel of dirt, then twist to the side to dump it.) Move your feet without twisting instead.

• Rake for a while, then dig holes, and then prune as an example.

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