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Hit the Garden Instead of the Gym


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A gardening and review site has revealed people can burn up to 435 calories from popular gardening activities, and has created a calculator so members of the public can find out how much exercise they are doing in their gardens. The company studied the smartwatch activity of 20 members of the public to discover the average calorie output of gardening jobs like mowing the lawn and raking leaves. In response to the findings the platform consulted with a personal trainer to create the ‘ultimate gardening workout’.

A gardening and review site has discovered how many calories are burnt from popular gardening activities and has created a calculator that allows members of the public to discover how much exercise they’re unknowingly doing in their backyard.

The platform, WhatShed enlisted the help of 20 members of the public to determine how many calories are burned per hour per gardening exercise, by tracking their smartwatch activity.

The study found that the most popular activity, mowing, could burn up to 435 calories for men, and up to 308 calories for women, if done for one hour. Alternatively, the average gym workout burns 180 to 252 calories per hour, if training at a more athletic level, the calories can reach 360 to 504 calories per hour*.

To use the online exercise calculator and see the full list of the UK’s 10 top gardening activities, Click Here

The top five gardening activities according to an internal survey of 1,400 Brits and the average number of calories burned in one hour for males and females are:

Raking and bagging leaves:

Male: 344 cals

Female: 241 cals

Planting flowers & seedlings:

Male: 356 cals

Female: 252 cals

Mowing the lawn (electric mower):

Male: 435 cals

Female: 308 cals

Weeding the garden:

Male: 356 cals

Female: 252 cals

Watering plants:

Male: 198 cals

Female: 140 cals

WhatShed consulted a personal trainer to shed light on how gardening can be good exercise and found that the variety of weight-bearing and resistance exercise that gardening entails is beneficial to muscles and overall health, not just calorie burning.

Using the above information, WhatShed liaised with the fitness expert to create the ‘ultimate gardening routine’.

The average man could burn up to 340 calories, whilst the average woman could burn up to 240 in this example of an hour garden routine:

* 15 minutes raking leaves

* 20 minutes mowing the lawn

* 10 minutes weeding

* 15 minutes watering the plants

Kate Fromings from WhatShed said:

“With many people developing a love for gardening over lockdown, and as the gym isn’t for everyone, it’s exciting to learn that people can still get their daily exercise in without leaving their property.”

“The idea that people are burning so many calories without realising it, may encourage people to stick with their gardening habits throughout winter, and even encourage others to start renovating and rejuvenating their back gardens, which is music to our ears!”

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