Lose pounds while gardening: when green hand rhymes with beautiful silhouette

The good days are now here. Take the opportunity to combine business with pleasure by losing weight while taking care of your garden. Because, depending on the activities, gardening represents a medium to high intensity exercise. Simple gardening is indeed a medium-intensity activity and activities such as turning the soil are considered high-intensity activities.

For example, carrying 20 kg bags of soil, getting into hard-to-reach places, removing weeds or mowing the lawn are activities that require great physical effort. By gardening, you lose a lot of calories. For example, a person weighing 70 kg burns about 300 calories per hour while gardening at a moderate pace.

Here is the number of calories lost in one hour of gardening according to the activities:

– spray fertilizer 175 calories,
– weeding, cleaning or collecting fruit 2010 calories
– Lifting compost, digging planting holes burns about 100 calories every 15 minutes, or 400 per hour.

Another task that makes gardening an intensive exercise is to add some additional items, such as wood chips on surfaces to be protected.

Gardeners, even on Sunday, have a slimmer figure

The fact that gardening can be considered exercise was also demonstrated in a 2012 study. Indeed, gardening reduces body mass index significantly compared to people who never garden. Gardening or the gym, an active lifestyle allows you to control your weight well. To finish convincing you, another study showed that men who take care of a community garden are 62% less likely to be overweight or obese. For women gardeners, 46% of them are less likely to be overweight than their neighbors, who never garden.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information given can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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