Garden Your Way to Health


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
Sleeping 19 23 28
Watching TV 23 28 33
Reading: sitting 34 42 50
Computer work 41 51 61
Planting seedlings, shrubs 120 149 178
Raking Lawn 120 149 178
General gardening 135 167 200
Mowing lawn 135 167 200
Planting trees 135 167 200
Weeding 139 172 205
Bowling 90 112 133
Curling 120 149 178
Walking (moderate) 120 149 178
Aerobics 120 149 178
Dancing 165 205 244
Bicycling (moderate) 240 298 355
Swimming 300 372 444
Running (moderate) 375 465 555

So what are you waiting for? Lose a few pounds by getting out and gardening!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

4 comments on “Garden Your Way to Health

  1. Yes, this is a serious health problem, but nowadays everything can be effectively treated and even severe depression. I am a fan of natural medicine and I would like to recommend this product to everyone which has no contraindications and is an excellent natural remedy for getting rid of depression at various stages. I wish everyone good health!

  2. It is interesting how it affects mental health. With age, mental health has become important for me, recently many stressful factors have appeared in my life, so I cannot do without the help of a psychologist from ,it helps me overcome stress

  3. And, this doesn’t even mention the mental health benefit. 🙂

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