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.