Gardening is hard work, and you probably have the blisters and sore muscles to prove it! Digging, lifting, raking and weeding can be a fun way to get fit and healthy.
One of the most important things to keep in mind while gardening is your posture. Bad posture can leave you sore, but not in a good way. By changing your posture, you can target specific muscles and work certain areas of your body.
Sitting with a bent back for long periods of time while weeding can cause back injuries. Instead, try squatting for short periods of time to work your glutes. You'll also be working your arms and shoulder while pulling weeds and digging. Activities like raking, mowing and fertilizing your lawn are also great for cardio.
If all the heavy lifting and digging isn't your thing, there are still options for you. Do some yoga or meditation poses in the soft grass or on an exercise mat in the middle of your yard. You'll still get the benefits of fresh air and being outdoors.
Remember to stretch before starting your garden workout. It's also a good idea to consult your doctor before starting any new physical activity.