National Gardening Exercise Day: Feel the Burn with Garden Cardio

National Gardening Exercise Day is June 6. So get off the couch and burn calories while you tend the garden that produces nutritious, low-fat food.

If you’re bored with your same walking-running-Zumbaing exercise routine, feel the burn in your garden on National Gardening Exercise Day: June 6, 2012.

Gardening doesn’t just feed your body, mind, and soul, it also helps you tone muscles and work off calories. Jeffrey Restuccio, author of Getting Fit Through Gardening, has compiled a chart that shows how many calories you burn yard exercising for 30 minutes. For instance:

  • Raking: 162
  • Weeding: 182
  • Mowing lawn (push mower): 243
  • Double digging: 344
  • Watering lawn or garden: 61

Like any cardio exercise, make sure you stretch out and warm up before beginning your gardening workout, and use a variety of motions at a steady pace.

An added bonus: You’ll also be giving your mental health a boost since gardening can help depression.

When you’re finished, refuel with fresh vegetables (maybe some home-grown heirlooms?) and fruits from your trees.

Does gardening make you feel better physically and mentally?