Avid gardeners amongst us would agree that gardening is therapeutic. Breathing in the fresh air as we garden, the feel of the wet earth as we weed or plant is intoxicating. We can even build some muscles and burn calories as we work in the garden undertaking activities like raking, weeding, digging, planting, spading, mowing, pruning, watering or just walking about. If we can put in so much exercise unconsciously, just imagine how much fun it would be if we could combine exercise with gardening. This thought was perhaps the guiding light behind the origin of the day called Gardening Exercise day.
Celebrated on the 6th of June every year, this national holiday is the perfect day to start a new exercise regime. You may have a large garden, a small city lot or just making do with containers and pots indoors or even on your balcony or terrace. The importance of the day does not lie in insisting that your garden workout cannot be done in a limited space, or in making plans and not executing them. The importance of the day lies in ensuring that you exercise your muscles while doing your normal gardening activities.
Gardening Exercise Day is a national holiday. However, rather than wonder about the origin of the day or make plans about how to celebrate the day, just make a small but determined effort to spend a short time in your garden. Try to let this lovely day be the beginning of an exercise regime that you cherish. Make time for yourself. Get out of your house or away from your desk on June 6th this year. Bring a positive change in your life and your health by participating in Gardening Exercise Day. Be sure that garden exercises are not one of the activity. Instead, make them a part of your daily routine.
Be sure to adopt a sensible routine. Plan your activities in the garden with the same precision and dedication you would give a workout at your local gym. Stretch your muscles with gentle and slow motions for 5 to 10 minutes to warm up build up the sweat with a variety of actions like weeding, watering, pruning, raking or digging. Keep changing the order, intensity and frequency of each activitiy. The intensity of your workout will help you build up sweat faster and obviously burn away calories with a vengeance.
These few pointers will help you burn your calories faster while you are busy deciding how to celebrate the day in your garden. Take care not to bend at the waist. Use your knees to bend and use tools with long handles for activities like hoeing and raking to avoid getting back pains. Once you are through with your garden workout, be sure to take a few minutes to cool down. Take a slow walk, or just pick a few flowers or vegetables before you go back indoors. Enjoy yourselves in your garden. The beautiful flowers and delicious garden fresh vegetables are an added bonus.