How to use gardening as a tool to make it shape your body.
Getting shape with gardening, really? Yes, with the gardening activities like mowing, pruning, weeding one can get shape by doing this. While gardening is generally thought of as a productive way of growing beautiful plants and getting tasty fruits and vegetables, few gardeners have ever well thought out the immense amounts of exercise one can get in the process of gardening. While you can get almost as much muscle (if not more) exercise as you working out, it is very productive at the same time.
You may wonder how gardening could give you both exercise and work. Just think of all the various facets of garden preparation. There are holes to be dug, bags and pots to be carried, and weeds to be pulled. Doing all of these things helps resolve almost every muscle group in your body.
My brother is a fitness fanatic. Almost every time I call home, I end up interrupting a muscle-toning activity. However, I have never liked to work, as it seems that the constant lifting of heavy things only puts a pressure on my body without immediate positive results. But while he is in the making, I am almost equally enthusiastic about gardening. I work out improving my garden almost every day. I think I definitely surprised my brother when he realized that I’m almost as muscular as him; but I’ve never lifted a single dumbbell!
Before you go out into your garden, you should always stretch. Even if your goal is not to work and exercise, it’s still a good idea. Often, gardeners spend long periods of stooping or leaning. This can be bad for your back. So you should not just stretch before hand, but you should always take frequent breaks if you are spending a lot of time in these positions. Indeed, this will help getting shape with gardening.
Getting shape with weeding and pruning
Pruning and pruning are some of the best workouts a gardener can get. With the constant bending and standing, the legs get a great workout. If your weeds are particularly resistant, your arms will become particularly toned only by the effort required to remove them from the ground. If you plan to take the entire training think very seriously, you should always change the arms and positions to spread the work out between different areas of your body.
One of the most obvious ways to exercise is in the transportation and lifting of bags and pots. Between the nursery and your home, you will have to move the bags several times (at the exit, to your car, to your garden, and then extending them accordingly). As long as you remember to lift with your legs and not your back, transporting bags and pots can give you a fairly large workout, although you probably will not do those purchases very often.
Exercise with mowing
Mowing the lawn can also be a great exercise. If you have an older lawn mower that is not self propelled, just pushing it through the grass is enough to give you more of a workout. It is more beneficial than going to a gym for a few hours. While mowing the grass, you should use your chest, arms, back and shoulder to keep the lawnmower in front of you. Not only will you get a muscular work around, but it can improve the health of your heart. It is good for cardiovascular activity. It will increase the heart rate due to heavy breathing and is a great way to lose some weight.
You can hardly go wrong when you choose getting shape with gardening or lose some weight. Just be sure to stretch, drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen. As long as you take steps to prevent the few negative effects like stretched muscles, dehydration and sunburn, I think you will have a great time and end up being a healthier person because of it.
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