National Gardening Exercise Day
One way in which everyone can help keep themselves in shape is by taking some time to garden on a regular basis. Activities such as raking, digging, weeding, and trimming can burn up to 300-calories during a half-hour session and can work every single major muscle group. It also gives people a chance to connect with nature, which can reduce a person’s stress levels. In other words, gardening is a very healthy activity that everyone should be doing. That’s why we think everyone should take the time to observe National Gardening Exercise Day on the 6th of June every year.
Making Your Gardening More Of A Workout
While ordinary gardening is already a good workout for many people, some folks might want to try to elevate their gardening game to get more of a physical workout. That allows them to take care of two things at the same time: they can get their gardening work done and avoid having to make a separate trip to the gym. To help everyone turn their gardening into a workout, we’ve decided to go ahead and list some of the things that can be done to elevate your gardening to the next level.
Expand Your Motion Range
The first thing a person can do is to expand their range of motion while they’re hand-weeding or raking. This just means that you stretch a little bit further with each raking motion or weed-pulling motion. If you continue to do this, then you will stretch your muscles and burn more calories.
Use Your Entire Body
Another thing that you should do is to make sure that you use your entire body and not just one arm. If you pull weeds with one arm, then the next time you should use the other arm. If you’ve been using your torso a lot, switch things up and begin to use your leg muscles more. The point is to make sure that you have a balanced workout during your session.
Do Plenty Of Lifting
When you’re tending to your garden, there are a ton of things that need to be lifted. There’s peat moss, fertilizer, and tools. Instead of relying on your wheelbarrow, you can take the time to lift more of this stuff manually. That will allow you to work a variety of muscle groups at the same time and is a lot more fun than doing sets at the gym.
Observing National Gardening For Exercise Day
We think that it’s pretty clear that the purpose of this holiday is to engage with your gardening on a more physical level so that you can get the most benefit from it. Treat your gardening like a workout and you might be able to avoid having to go to the gym at all. Before or after you head out to your backyard garden to get your workout in on this day, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalGardeningForExerciseDay on your social media posts and encourage us all to do the same.