When we think of health and fitness, you could be forgiven for picturing a gym scene with people drinking fresh juice shakes and getting in shape.

But what if we told you that you can stay fit and healthy a little closer to home without having to fork out for a home gym? Believe it or not your garden is a great place to start getting fit and we’re here to tell you why.

Put down those dumbbells and pick up your gardening tools, you’re about to learn how to feel the gardening burn.

The Perfect Warm Up

Just like any form of exercise, it’s important to loosen up those muscles ready for a workout. This involves stretching and preparing your body for some rigorous activity, which gardening can often be – it can be physically strenuous, after all.

Completing tasks such as brushing or raking is the perfect start to any gardening work out. This can get your back muscles working, and help you maintain a good posture when gardening. Adding in more strenuous activities such as moving heavier gardening equipment around can also bring your arms and legs into the picture, which is ideal for preparing your body for bending down for long periods of time.

It Helps Your Mental Health, Too

Not only is gardening great for your physical health with all that moving around and physical activity, it also does wonders for your mental wellbeing, too.

From reducing stress by relaxing you, to allowing your brain to be more creative by pulling you away from the mundane distractions of everyday life, getting out into nature and creating a garden of your own is a great way to feel mentally refreshes – and you get the positive reward of seeing the results of your hard work in very little time, too!

Gardening  From The Heart

As gardening is classed as a moderate cardiovascular exercise, it shouldn’t come as a shock to learn that getting out into your garden and getting stuck in to some serious gardening can actually help build up your heart.

It’s actually a great way for people who may not be able to run or take part in other forms of cardio exercise, as not only does it get the blood pumping through your veins and strengthen those heart muscles, but there doesn’t have to be a lot of movement involved, especially if you lay out your gardening tools in advance so you don’t have to keep going in and out of the shed to carry on with your project.

Keeping fit and healthy will always require some form of exercise and a balanced diet, but that doesn’t have to mean spending hours in a gym setting. Make use of your garden space, and dig and cultivate your way to a happier, healthier lifestyle