Yes! Many local and international medical associations consider it a moderate exercise, and the calorie burn can be as much as what you can burn in the gym. Digging, raking and mowing are especially good for burning calories.
According to a study on gardening intervention for physical and psychological health benefits, gardening also “improves dexterity and strength, muscle mass, aerobic endurance and functional movement”.
As gardening incorporates all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility, it is a whole-body workout that focuses on all major muscle groups. Gardening also assists with weight loss and mental health improvements.
There are several advantages to working with plants and soil. It increased our Vitamin D production, a mood booster and an essential nutrient for bones, brains and immune systems.
Emotionally, garden spaces create a sense of calm within us and trigger serotonin's release, which decreases anxiety and regulates the mood.
Keep in mind to start small, stay consistent and watch for results over long periods. Apply sunscreen, wear a hat during hot summers, stay hydrated, and watch out for tiny pests.
So, when you feel you need a quick and productive workout, just step into your garden, embrace self-care through nature care and enjoy growing plants that benefit you and the planet.
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