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Gardening - A Workout? — an article on the Smart Living Network
May 25, 2011 at 5:07 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Gardening - A Workout?

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I’m sore today. A good sore. I spent the day yesterday tilling soil, pruning trees and raking wet leaves from dark corners of my garden. I sometimes wonder - "are my muscles strained or am I on the road to gettting them trained?"

Google Ho! After a quick search I discover that gardening is a much better workout than I might have ever imagined.

  • Raking the lawn (not using a leaf blower) is the equivalent of time spent on a rowing machine.
  • Trimming bushes and shrubs is the equivalent of a moderately paced walk.
  • Mowing the lawn with a push mower can burn about 400 calories an hour. (A power mower will burn about 1/3 less.)
  • To get the true benefits of a workout you should dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to patrolling the property.

What great news! Doing "chores” can actually save you a trip to the gym.

It can also save you a call to the shrink.

There is a zen waiting for you when you step into nature and go hand to hand. It's a task that you can really see the results from start and finish. The smell of the Earth, of the flowers,  even observing the interesting life forms that dwell in spaces usually beneath our notice are all ways to take yourself out of the rat race.

It's all a matter of perspective! Next time my wife asks me to do a little yard work, I’ll get right to it.

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