Did you know National Gardening Week (29 April - 6 May) is nearly upon us? It's a great excuse to get out into the garden and get our outdoor areas sorted
However, it also presents us with a great opportunity to improve our own fitness too. Turf care maintenance company, Toro, are sharing their favourite ways to get fit and healthy in the process of transforming our gardens...
1. Digging, planting and weeding
A great way to build upper body strength will be by planting flowers, digging and pushing a wheelbarrow. Make sure you maintain good posture and technique throughout the process to avoid any aches, pains or potential injuries - it will also be best to alternate between tasks, as you would in the gym, as a way of avoiding too much strain on individual body parts.
You can also work out your legs and abs through planting, weeding, and picking flowers or vegetables. On top of this, squatting down or kneeling will activate the muscles you have in the lower half of your body.
2. Trim and strim
Give your trees and hedges a prune or touch up the boarders to not only give you a tidier garden, but to work out your arms as well.
3. Mow and rake
Raking leaves and mowing the lawn activates the majority of muscles in your body. You just need to make sure the equipment is right for you - if you use it incorrectly, or it's hard to operate, it could put your body under unnecessary stress, which can result in injuries or strain.
4. Reap what you sow
You get to enjoy the benefits of your labour long after finishing in the garden. Home grown produce is not only delicious, but typically provides you with more nutrients than food which gets transported around the world.