With the longer days and warmer spring weather arriving many of us turn our thoughts to the garden and being outside a little bit more! But this is also the perfect time to give your exercise plan a bit of a push, by doing a little more activity on a daily basis. Finding time for exercise in your overloaded day is never going to be easy, instead look for opportunities to move more and move quicker! Taking the stairs instead of lifts, parking as far from the supermarket door as possible, generally going about your day with vim and vigour!
Did you know that if you burn an extra 500 calories a day you will drop a pound in a week?
And when it comes to burning calories gardening will certainly help. Just spending half an hour digging and shovelling can burn 250 calories, whilst mowing the lawn, (as long as you are not sitting down), can burn 195 calories
Try and take every opportunity to exert more calories by increasing your physical activity, now that the nights are drawing out, walk briskly for 30 mins instead of watching TV, you could burn an extra 150 calories!
By burning an extra 3500 calories per week than normal, you can lose one pound a week. Remember that’s only 500 calories per day
It's not just your body that will benefit from time in the garden, the psychological benefits of being outdoors, working in the sunshine and fresh air, have a positive effect on your mood and energy levels. Studies have even shown that just looking at trees and plants reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and relieves tension in muscles.