Dig get­ting fit?

Did you know that leisure time spent in the gar­den will make you slim, trim and healthy? Mow­ing the lawn

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seeds or small plants is an­other can­di­date for the same bend-andtwist move­ment.

This reg­u­lar sum­mer ac­tiv­ity gives the arms in par­tic­u­lar a good work­out. Bend­ing down to lift up the trapped lawn clip­pings for re­moval to the com­post bin in­cludes a few torso twists as well. For more of a work­out hold the clip­pings bin above your head when you walk to the com­post bin. ber that ev­ery move­ment here burns a few more calo­ries.

Keep­ing a gar­den tidy in­volves rak­ing and sweep­ing, par­tic­u­larly as au­tumn ap­proaches. When you sweep or rake, try to ex­ag­ger­ate each pull of the rake or broom. Reach far­ther than usual and fol­low through be­yond the dis­tance ac­tu­ally needed. Then start to rake or sweep faster, pick­ing up the pace a bit. Try to make a sort of dance out of the ac­tiv­ity. If you’ve got your head­phones on and your mu­sic go­ing you’ll find time passes quickly.

A fi­nal tip: As you are do­ing all this dig­ging and sweep­ing and plant­ing, try to al­ter­nate the left and right sides of your body to tone both equally.

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