Gardening vs the Gym

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens | 0 comments

GardeningWe are often asked why we do our job, well this article from The Mail is one reason:

Take off your running shoes and slip on your wellies, because doctors say taking up gardening is just as good as going to the gym. Half an hour of digging burns 150 calories, the same period raking a lawn burns 120 and pushing a lawn mower for 30 minutes burns 165.

While running may use up slightly more doctors are increasingly trying to encourage people to take up lighter activities that they can weave into their daily routine. Many people are intimidated by gyms and strenuous fitness programmes, and experts are instead shifting their focus to get people to build in more moderate exercise that they will not give up on. Researchers have found that undertaking regular moderate exercise such as walking or gardening slashes the risk of a heart attack by half, and adds up to seven years to the average life span.

Professor Naveed Sattar, expert in metabolic medicine at Glasgow University, said:

Gardening is great – it gets you outside, it helps build muscle and it burns calories.
The key thing is sustainability. The way to keep exercising is to do something you love – such as gardening – or do something for a reason, such as walking or cycling to work.’ The NHS advises that people do 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, such as walking or gardening, or 75 minutes of strenuous exercise such as running or playing football. But four out of five Britons fail to achieve the target, fuelling an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. In a campaign to get more people using gardening for fitness, the Royal Horticultural Society asked 2,000 gardeners about their experiences with the hobby.

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