Is Gardening Good Exercise?

From   | By Marie Iannotti

Yes! It is on a par with walking and biking, depending on what you’re doing and how long you do it.  Again, depending on the task, gardening works all the major muscle groups including your legs, arms, glutes, shoulders, neck, back and stomach, building strength while burning calories. In fact, research shows that gardening for just 30 minutes each day can help increase flexibility, strengthen joints, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lower your risk for diabetes and slow osteoporosis, all while giving you the benefit of spending time outdoors in nature. However, as with all exercise, remember to check with your doctor before jumping into extensive gardening if you’re new to it. To read more about the benefits of gardening, click here.