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Dig­ging, wheel­ing wheel­bar­rows, rak­ing, hoe­ing, cut­ting hedges, plant­ing trees

WHY More in­tense ac­tiv­i­ties in gar­den­ing – the ones that make you re­ally sweat, like rak­ing up leaves – do won­ders for up­per body strength. Chief med­i­cal of­fi­cers in the UK list gar­den­ing along­side weight train­ing and sit ups as ac­tiv­i­ties for strength­en­ing mus­cles. In the USA, el­derly gar­den­ers are shown to have stronger hands than the norm. The Green Gym’s Craig Lis­ter says gar­den­ing goes even fur­ther. “Peo­ple are con­tin­u­ing to be more phys­i­cally ac­tive even when they’re not vol­un­teer­ing at a Green Gym ses­sion,” he says.

DID YOU KNOW? NHS guide­lines sug­gest two strength­en­ing ex­er­cise ses­sions a week.

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