It seems pretty logical that gardening burns calories. It is, after all, a physical activity. Even leafing through a seed catalog*, my favorite winter sport, burns more calories than just watching TV. But how does gardening rate compared to other physical activities?
*Consider it as Reading in the table below.
Actually, gardening comes out in the middle range: it’s a good, average exercise, easily the equivalent to many light training and sports activities.
Here are a few statistics on the subject taken from research from the Harvard Medical School.
|Calories burned in 30-minute activities|
|Daily Life||125-pound person||155-pound person||185-pound person|
|Planting seedlings, shrubs||120||149||178|
So what are you waiting for? Lose a few pounds by getting out and gardening!