Gardening in Douglasville Can Give you a Great Workout!

Gardening can not only be rewarding when the flowers bloom and the vegetables produce, but it can also be quite a workout.  Gardening works all your major muscle groups. Even something as simple as planting flowers involves squatting, which engages your legs for support, your core muscles for balance, and your arms and shoulders for digging.  In addition, being outside is a great way to relieve stress and relax. Plus, sunshine helps boost Vitamin D production, which aids in the absorption of calcium. No matter what your project, you can get a great workout and see the benefits of your hard work at the same time! 

Heavy yard work is a great way to add variation to your regular exercise program, while light gardening can be great for exercise beginners. If you do yard work as a way to burn calories, take full advantage of what the great outdoors have to offer:

  • Use a push mower. This adds intensity so that you’re working harder, elevating that heart rate, and burning more calories.
  • If you are raking up leaves, change the movement and direction to make full use of your muscles. Rake in front of your body to target your shoulders. Rake both right to left and left to right to work both arms evenly.
  • If you’re using a wheelbarrow to haul yard waste, soil, or mulch, take an extra loop or two around your garden before you set your goods down.
  • When digging, switch back and forth between hands so that you are utilizing both arms.
  • Instead of using a small watering can, heave the heavy hose around the yard with you. You’ll also have to use those muscles to put it away and wind it up when you’re done.

Share your pictures of your garden and all your hard work on the Gold’s Gym West Georgia Facebook!  Share and inspire!

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