The Theory behind Gardening and Weight Loss
Now, losing weight is all about moving more and being healthy. If you are a keen gardener, you know how much work actually goes into keeping your garden. However, besides standard gardening, you can change your gardening routine to make it more intensive, thereby burning more calories and getting healthier. The other thing you need to think about is what you garden. For starters, gardening will keep you busy so there will be less chance of you snacking. However, you could also choose to garden edible plants, thereby killing two birds with one stone and leading a fully healthy lifestyle.
Making Gardening More Intensive
Let’s look at individual gardening tasks. One thing you are likely to have to do is weed. Most people get a weeding cushion to protect their knees and simply sit down. How about changing that to staying standing and drying to bend over to pull the weeds out without bending your knees? It may take you some time to be able to do that, so don’t worry about bending your knees a little bit at first.
Next, pruning and clipping. Instead of getting up close and personal to your plants to cut the little bits off, inspect them, step back and do it with outstretched arms. That way, you will be fighting those bingo wings that seem to ail men and women all over the world and getting a good upper body workout. You could make it even more intensive by standing sideways, thereby forcing you to twist your body as well.
Then, there’s mowing the lawn. Instead of simply walking after your lawnmower, try to take extra large steps. Bend your front leg and keep your back leg stretched and you will get a fantastic bit of exercise in your legs. You could also choose to dance whilst mowing the lawn, which may look silly but it will give you a fantastic workout.
Last but not least, consider carrying weights when you are in the garden.
Plant what You Eat
The next thing is about healthy eating and the following gardening tips can really help with that. Try to grow as many edible plants as you can, preferably plants that have crops at different times during the year, so that you always have at least something to nibble on. Let’s face it, what is easier? Dropping what you’re doing to go in the house to sit down and have a cup of tea and a biscuit, only to have to go back out again? Or is it easier to pick off some tomatoes, apples and blackberries and nibble whilst you work?
Clearly, gardening aids weight loss, but it also encourages a real lifestyle change. You will feel and see the difference in no time. Not just that, but by being outside in the garden you will expose yourself to the rays of the sun and so long as you don’t wear any sunblock, you will also soak up the Vitamin D. However, do remember to cover up when the sun is at its hottest, you don’t want to burn after all.