Most definitely it counts as exercise and don't forget the stretching exercises before you start to work in the garden. Check my blog...regarding fun and exercise and gardening info on the Anoka County Board & Beyond for more info.
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In the world of fitness, gardening is considered an aerobic activity as long as it increases your heart rate, ie, racking, shoveling, tiling, ect, anything that gets your heart rate up. I was asked this about cleaning kitty litter boxes, also! I have to run up & down stairs to do that! So, yes, anything that gets your heart rate elevated is considered aerobic activity & should count as fitness minutes. Now, if you are sitting in your garden, as I have done, plucking out baby weeds or just putting in seeds, I don't think this is a fitness activity, any more than reading a book.
I agree Sharjo! Even though I am trying to keep in shape during the off-season I find that there is truly nothing like moving earth to tax those muscles!
I have also read - can't remember where - that gardeners tend to live longer productive lives. Not sure if it's the exercise, the connection with nature, or eating all that healthy food, but I'm a believer!
I get reminded every year early in the season that gardening is truely exercise. The first nice day of the gardning season, I get out and usually over do it. I wake up the next morning with my gardening muscles complaining!
Fitness Minutes: (66,302) Posts: 1,026 4/11/12 7:46 P
There are several ways working in the yard can be recorded, depending on what you are doing. I m not sure how laying/cutting sod works into the catagories but it sure counts. On the fitness page, scroll down to Cardiovascular and click on Add Cardio. When that opens click on the browse tab. When that opens, you will see just under Browse Our List Of Cardio Exercises a drop down menu that shows walking/running. with an arrow next to it. click the arrow and sellect Home Activities then click browse. It will give you a list of a number of activities. Click on the one you want and then enter your minutes. If you click the box next to add this exercise to my favorites, you will be able to add minutes from the favorite tab in the future.
Fitness Minutes: (540) Posts: 187 4/10/12 5:11 P
I worked very hard this morning helping my gardeners cut sod---I haven't worked in a garden for years and it felt soooo good! I'm so excited about it!!! But can I put it in my fitness tracker and if so, how?
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