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10 Ways to Stay Fit in the Garden

5 Jun 2015
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10 Ways to Stay Fit in the Garden

National Gardening Exercise Day 2015

In honor of National Gardening Exercise Day, celebrated on June 6 every year, we have compiled a list of exercises that you can do in your garden. Gardening is a great way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors this summer. Additionally, as most of you already know, gardening can be therapeutic, good for the mind and body. This year we hope you’ll have fun while working all major muscle groups with one of America’s favorite pastimes.

Getting Started

As a good rule of thumb, before you start your gardening exercises, warm up by stretching your muscles for about 5 to 10 minutes. You may also want to stretch again 15 to 20 minutes into gardening to avoid pulled muscles or injury.

Below is a list of garden activities and how many calories you’ll burn in an hour. Our calorie burn rate is based on a 150-pound person, according to CalorieCount.com. Of course, if you suffer from lung disease, be sure to stop to catch your breath between activities as needed. It’s generally recommended that you move at a steady pace and alternate activities every 20 minutes to avoid overdoing it. Also remember to bend at the knees, not at the waist, to avoid straining your back. Long-handled tools can also help prevent back pain. Ok enough with the rules, here’s our list:

Garden Exercises and Calories Burned

  1. Watering the lawn or garden

102 calories/hour

  1. Planting seedlings or trees

300 calories/hour

  1. Digging

340 calories/hour

  1. Mowing lawn with a push-mower

370 calories/hour

  1. Mowing lawn with a riding mower

170 calories/hour

  1. Weeding

300 calories/hour

  1. Raking leaves

290 calories/hour

  1. Picking fruit from trees

200 calories/hour

  1. Picking flowers or vegetables

200 calories/hour

  1. Trimming shrubs or trees (manual cutter)

300 calories/hour

Gardening with Lung Disease

If you don’t have a spot where you can garden in your yard or gardening is too difficult, you might want to consider something like container gardening. Regardless of how big or small your garden is, there are certainly health benefits. In addition to fitness, other gardening health benefits include: stress relief, heart health improvement, better dexterity, lowered risk of dementia and better nutrition. Gardening can also help you to feel more in touch with nature, which naturally improves your mood.

Many lung disease sufferers who were unable to garden like they used to have been able to get back into the hobby after undergoing cellular therapy. One Lung Institute patient, Jean H., commented, “After treatment I get right back to gardening.” Another patient, Audrey S., stated, “I’ll be able to go berry picking next summer. We have premium blueberries in Alaska.” If you or a loved one suffers from lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Please contact one of our patient coordinators today by calling (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy.

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