How to Lose Weight While Gardening

Written by Candee Stark


Have you ever dreadedrepparttar idea of pulling weeds, planting a tree, or pushing a lawn mower aroundrepparttar 113386 yard?

Does just thinking about it make you sweat? I am surerepparttar 113387 majority of are nodding your heads in agreement. What I am about to suggest only takes a slight change in your thinking and a bit of planning and you can learn how to lose weight and get in better shape while gardening this year.

For those of you that are already gardeners, you know that gardening is one ofrepparttar 113388 best ways to get exercise because it involves all ofrepparttar 113389 muscle groups in your body.

Like I mentioned earlier, we only need to changerepparttar 113390 way you think about outside chores. See I am falling intorepparttar 113391 trap too, I just called them chores. Instead, you should think of them as outdoor exercises that are designed to enhancerepparttar 113392 condition of your body and help you lose weight.

As with any exercise program, check with your doctor before starting. Make sure you are dressed properly and that you stretch before beginning.

If you arenít used to exercising inrepparttar 113393 garden or have been relatively inactive all winter, start slowly. Start with weeding, watering, and planting seeds.

As you feel yourself getting stronger you can increase your gardening repertoire to include: pruning, heavy digging, hoeing, pushing a loaded wheelbarrow, or mowingrepparttar 113394 lawn. I think you getrepparttar 113395 idea becauserepparttar 113396 list of outdoor gardening exercise ideas is endless!

Even carrying plants or a bag of potting soil torepparttar 113397 car fromrepparttar 113398 store and then out intorepparttar 113399 yard is exercise! You can potentially burn up to 300-600 calories per hour depending on your intensity and which gardening exercises you engage in.

You CAN lose weight by gardening ~ eat less and move more! The following list shows what a typical man weighing 180 pounds will burn in 30 minutes of activity. If you weigh more you can burn even more calories!

  • Watering lawn/garden~ 61
  • Raking~ 162
  • Bagging leaves~ 162
  • Planting seeds/seedlings~ 162
  • Planting trees~ 182
  • Weeding ~ 182
  • Clearing Land ~ 202
  • Digging, spading, tilling~ 202
  • Laying Sod~202
  • General gardening~ 202
  • Chopping wood~ 243
  • Gardening with heavy power tools~ 243
  • Mowingrepparttar 113400 lawn with a push mower~ 243
  • Shoveling snow~ 243
  • Shoveling heavy snow~ 364 cals


Growing Daffodils

Written by Hans Dekker


In mid-March when winter blues overtake you and itís hard to find a clear patch inrepparttar grey overcast above, I look out my front door and find a spot of sunshine in my newly growing daffodils.

Growing daffodils is one way to get a good dose of sunshine before spring pulls backrepparttar 113385 blanket of winter. Daffodils are one ofrepparttar 113386 easiest flowers to grow and a perfect choice forrepparttar 113387 beginning gardener. Famous forrepparttar 113388 bright yellows of cultivars like jonquils andrepparttar 113389 yellow trumpet, daffodils also come in thousands of colors that range fromrepparttar 113390 demure whites of paper-whites to peach and on to bold orange.

Although narcissus is often mistakenly referenced as another type of flower, narcissus isrepparttar 113391 botanical name forrepparttar 113392 daffodil. The family is divided into 12 divisions of 25 species and over 13,000 hybrids. However, it isnít only selection that makes growing daffodils an easy introduction to gardening. Daffodils are prolific in multiplication. While many other types of bulbs dwindle in a few short years, with minimal care, a planting of daffodil bulbs will last a lifetime!

Daffodils come in all sizes from 5-inch blooms on 2-foot stems to half-inch flowers on 2-inch stems. Along withrepparttar 113393 harbingers of spring, there are also daffodil cultivars in mid and late season varieties. Growing daffodils in an assortment of sizes, colors, and bloom-times gives you an irresistible display that carries through spring into summer.

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