Gardening Counts as Physical Activity
Gardening activities—such as pulling weeds, removing rocks, trimming shrubs, digging, planting, and raking—require you to expend energy (burn calories). Physical activity can help strengthen bones and joints, lower blood pressure, and help manage stress.
Gardening is a fun, creative, and healthy activity with positive health benefits.
(30 minutes for 150 lb person)
|Digging/pulling weeds, removing rocks||200-250 kcal|
|Trimming trees and shrubs||150-170 kcal|
|Mowing (using push reel mowers)||200-230 kcal|
|Walking (slow to fast)||150-230 kcal|
Want to grow your own vegetables or herbs? Check out the many Yard and Garden publications at the ISU Extension and Outreach Online Store.