Published on August 2nd, 2014 | by Backyards Made Better


Gardening Has Health Benefits

We know, the title is a real shocker.  Gardening is good for your health.

Of course we know growing your own food has a lot of benefits.  You know where your food has come from, how it’s been treated, whether it’s GMO or not, and all that.  It’s hard to beat that all on it’s own.

But in this day of more scientific research just for the sake of research, we have word that gardening is actually good exercise too.  Another shocker!

No, it may not be equal to running a marathon or lifting weights at the gym, but when you think about it, spending time in the garden can be a heck of a lot more productive!

Back in the old days, we didn’t really work out, we just worked and still stayed in pretty good shape.

But here’s a few tidbits to ponder.

Korean researchers have confirmed that gardening counts as moderate-to-high-intensity exercise for children,4 but it can certainly be intense exercise for adults as well—especially if you get into adding soil amendments, which I’ll discuss below. As noted by the Poughkeepsie Journal5

“… [I]n the Centers for Disease Control’s 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, gardening is classified as a moderate-to-vigorous activity.

Lifting and carrying 40-pound bags of mulch, stretching into hard-to-reach places to do weeding or pushing a lawnmower around demonstrates that gardening can be a physically demanding workout.”

The featured article6 also notes that a person weighing 150 pounds can burn about 300 calories per hour by gardening at moderate intensity. Higher-intensity activities such as stirring compost, raking leaves, spreading soil amendments, or digging holes can burn up about 400 calories an hour.

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