Gardening can help gear you up for weight loss

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Not only does gardening provide the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that people who participated in community gardening were less likely to be overweight or obese and had significantly lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than their neighbors who did not participate in the program.
Calorie Burn
The American Council on Exercise says that gardening can burn about 300 calories per hour. Wow! This calorie-incinerating activity is a great way to get cardiovascular activity. Gardening also helps you build strong muscles, improve your joint strength and gain flexibility. This occurs because when you garden you're using all of your body's major muscle groups at once--your legs, buttocks, back, arms, shoulders, neck and abdomen.
Watering lawn/garden with hose: 61 calories
Weeding garden: 182 calories
Digging, tilling, using spade: 202 calories
Laying sod: 202 calories
Clearing land: 202 calories
Chopping wood: 243 calories
Mowing lawn with push mower: 243 calories