Fall is a great season for gardening. Many common gardening activities that make your yard look great can help your body look good by burning calories. Digging, weeding, mowing, hoeing, raking and composting are activities that help shape up the muscles in your arms, stomach, legs, back, chest and buttocks.
Aiming for 30 minutes of activity in your garden or yard can amount to a lot of calories burned. For example, weeding, planting trees or trimming shrubs manually for a half hour burns about 182 calories. Planting seedlings, raking, or bagging leaves for half a hour burns about 162 calories. Digging can burn anywhere from 250 calories to 350 calories in 30 minutes. Even watering your lawn or garden can burn 61 calories per half hour. These rates of calorie burning are based on a 180-pound person. In general, a person who weighs more will burn more calories than the amounts stated above. Try to participate in a variety of gardening activities for 30 minutes or more. This will help work out more of your body muscles and help prevent soreness or injury. Also, any Fall gardening you do will help your Spring garden and lawn look as good as you will too!! Happy Gardening!!