Using Gardening To Get In Shape - By: Uchenna Ani-Okoye
While gardening is commonly thought of as a productive way to grow beautiful plants and detect tasty fruits and vegetables, few gardeners have ever considered the immense amounts of exercise one can get in the process of gardening. Whilst you can get almost as much muscle (whenever not more) exercise as you do working out, it is very productive at the same time.
You may wonder how gardening could possibly give as much exercise as working out. Just think about all the several facets of preparing a garden. There are holes to be dug, bags and pots to be carried, and weeds to be pulled. Doing all of these things aid to work out almost every group of muscles in your body.
My brother is a fanatic about working out. Almost every time I call his house, I end up interrupting some muscle toning activity. I've never really enjoyed working out, though, as it seems that the constant lifting of heavy things just puts a strain on my torso with no immediate positive results.
But while he is into working out, I am almost equally enthusiastic about gardening. I work outside ameliorating my garden almost every day. I think I definitely surprised my brother when he realized that I am almost as muscular as he is; but I have never lifted a single dumbbell!
Before you go out into your garden, you should always stretch out. Even when your goal isn't to work out and get exercise, it's still a good idea. Often gardeners spend long periods of time hunched over or bent over. This can be bad for your backward. So not only should you stretch out before hand, but you should always take frequent chaps when you're spending long amounts of time in these positions.
Weeding and pruning are some of the best workouts a gardener can get. With the constant crouching and standing, the legs get a great workout. When your weeds are particularly resistant, your arms will become particularly toned just from the effort needed to remove them from the ground. If you plan on taking the whole workout think very seriously, you should always be switching arms and positions to spread out the work between different areas of your body.
One of the most obvious ways to get exercise is in the transporting and lifting of bags and pots. Between the nursery and your house, you will have to move the bags multiple times (to the checkout, to your car, to your garden, and then spreading them out accordingly). As long as you remember to lift with your legs and not your back, transporting bags and pots can give you a fairly heavy workout, even while you probably don't make those purchases very often.
Mowing your grass can also be a great exercise. Whenever you've got an aged mower that isn't self propelled, just the act of pushing it by the grass will give you more of a workout than going to the gymnasium for a few hours.
Throughout the course of mowing the grass, you use your chest, arms, back, and shoulder to keep the mower ahead of you. Your thighs and butt also get worked a lot to propel the mower. Not only do you get an all approximately muscle work out, but it can improve your heart's health. It's good for you as a cardiovascular activity, as well as a great way to lose weight due to the increased heart rate and heavy breathing.
If you plan on using gardening as a way to get in shape or lose some weight, you can hardly go wrong. Just be sure to stretch out, drink plenty of water, and apply sunscreen. As long as you take steps to prevent the few negative effects such as pulled muscles, dehydration and sunburn, I think you'll have a great time and end up being a healthier person because of it.
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Uchenna Ani-Okoye is an internet marketing advisor
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