Easiest way to lose weight this spring and summer
Nothing says lose weight like impending summer. This time of year lends for an easy weight loss activity through gardening that is worth considering; for good reasons.
Getting out into the garden has many advantages besides weight loss. The physical activity alone can help you burn calories, but there are more reasons you may want to plant some fruits and vegetables and flowers.
Benefits of gardening for weight loss:
- Gardening can help you burn those extra calories. The simple act of tilling the soil and planting helps us remain mindful, which can translate to better food choices and sticking to our weight loss plan.
- Gardening can help you burn calories. A person that weighs 154 pounds can burn 330 calories with light gardening or yard work in one hour.
- Growing your own vegetables can help you make better food choices and provide excellent nutrition.
- You are more likely to expend energy over time versus short bouts of intense activity that can be difficult.
- Activities in the garden can help with stress relief; lowering cortisol levels that are associated with weight gain.
- You're likely to sleep better after a day of activity that you truly enjoy. Lack of sleep is linked to weight gain and obesity.
- You will soak up some sunshine that helps synthesize vitamin D in the body. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with a variety of ill health effects.
- Burning more calories can keep your brain fit
Tips for getting started
- Start slowly. Before you begin any exercise, speak with your doctor. You'll want to take your time in the garden. Overdoing any activity can thwart your exercise and weight loss goals.
- Stretch before you start digging and planting. Gentle stretches will help prevent injury.
- Wear sunscreen and apply insect repellent or wear protective clothing when you're performing gardening activities.
- Set aside a set amount of time each week to devote to gardening. Consistency will help you achieve your weight loss goals.
- Don't be afraid to pull weeds. You'll be working your muscles and boosting your energy expenditure if you do it by hand or even with a hand tool versus using harmful chemicals.
- Avoid heavy lifting, but do try to move as much mulch or compost as needed to help build muscles.
- Stay well hydrated.
- If you feel you don't want to garden on your own, consider creating a community garden.
Weight loss through gardening have many advantages, but is sometimes underestimated. Hauling mulch, digging, pulling weeds and mowing could be the extra boost you need to keep moving. Studies show just smelling rosemary can boost brainpower and improve your mood.