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3/28/14 1:22 P

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One way of keeping track of calories burned while gardening, is to invest and wear a pedometer.


There are many varieties to choose from. If you are unsure what type to buy, Spark People has an article on pedometers and how to use a pedometer I clip mine to the inside of pocket.

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Yes, it is!

We did not plant our garden this year. I am having knee problems plus the weather just wouldn't let us get the space tilled. I am OK with not having the garden although I really miss it.

Have a GREAT weekend, Team.

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Gardening is on SP fitness tracker.

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Pulled some weeds out of one of my rose beds. Too hot to do anything else right now.

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I love that this thread is still going. I figure if I can manage to bruise myself by hoeing, I must have worked out. I count it on my fitbit chart, since I have them linked, so that I'm being a little more accurate, but it still counts! Not sure how I managed to bruise my armpit though?

Plus we get to reap the benefits of this workout in the harvest season! It forces us to continue to workout all season long or the weeds will take over (even in my little pots, not sure how I'm having to weed pots on the third floor).

Just because we can't accurately measure gardening like we can running on the treadmill doesn't make it less of a workout. Maybe the trainers on here will one day figure in gardening like many other fitness trackers already do.

An excuse is just a challenge to figure out how to do something different.

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6/23/13 7:57 A

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Gardening is great exercise!
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I so agree! Gardening and yard work both count as exercise!

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Of course I count it! Anyone that spends several hours pulling weeds, raking, hoeing, etc knows it is real exercise! I usually don't count all the time, depending on how what I am doing, but you better believe that when I have to rake the yard, I count it as exercise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I started out top weight 245 but that was when I actually got on a scale. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia almost 20 years ago. Over the years I've learned that I do so much better when I eat organic foods and I haven't eaten red meat in years I have been gradually working more raw foods, vegetables and fruit into my diet. I avoid drive through resturants like the plague.


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It finally rained here today. Have been working in the house most of the day.

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We had trees down from a near tornado here over the weekend so work cutting and loading and disposing of them

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330 minutes or 5-1/2 hours felling trees, removing branches, hauling , not done but trees down.

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WOW that's a lot of gardening time!

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Good for you!

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Thanks Lottie; I'm not used to this planting zone yet as this is our first year to spend the whole year and actually plant a garden. The tomatoes, peppers, etc that I planted all look great and we missed having a frost but I think the soil must just have not been warm enough to germinate the bean seeds. Of course the carrots and peas havn't come up yet either and it's been two weeks. My husband planted these three things and he may have put them too deep.

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I plant all of my vegetables the first week of May. That way I feel there is threat of frost to do them in.

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I'm finding the daily trek to and fro from my vegetable garden to be great exercise as it is downhill going down and uphill going back to the house. It is some distance away from the house and a very large vegetable garden so provides me with lots of opportunities for exercise. I think I planted bean seeds too early. I didn't realize the soil had to be about 70 degrees and thought as long as it was warm out I'd be OK. Then we hit a cold spell and the seeds didn't germinate. I think I'll be safe putting more in later this week in a later spot. Anybody in zone 7 that can tell me when they plant beans?

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Good idea, Sharon.



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I woke up the next morning a little sore. I make sure during the winter to do plenty of upper body exercise so that in spring I don't wind up the day after things like that hardly able to more.,

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I'm very sure that shoveling compost is exercise. I mulched flower beds today which took about an hour and gave myself credit for 1/2 hour exercise.

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So glad you had some help! ,,,,and yes, it was exercise!

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Yesterday, a neighbor kid and I move compost from the truck to my raised beds. We spent about 2-1/2 hours shoveling it into wheel barrows, moving and dumping it and spreading it around. If that's not exercise then I'm not sure what is.

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Lottie, hope you are feeling better soon. Sounds like rest is definitely needed.

Millifred, if I am just walking around the garden, I don't count it as exercise but if I am planting, hoeing, pulling weeds, laying down mulch or picking produce, I will count it. I get some of my best exercise in the spring, summer and fall in the garden.

Do have a GREAT week.

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I have to agree. Homegrown vegetables are a lot better tasting that the bought ones. I guess it is because of all of the labor and nurturing that we do. Have some squash and peppers to set out but is too windy today. Am going to rest the rest of the afternoon as my back is still bothering me. I am taking a muscle relaxor to help get the kinks out of them. I don't think I am going t use that hoe in the near future as it was too short of handle for me. I should have known better.

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I agree that gardening is great therapy. There are days when I just walk through my vegetable and flower beds and of course those are not exercise but it sure does make me feel great to see everything growing and looking healthy. Then we have the added reward of all those delicious healthy vegetables to eat; they taste so much better when you can pick them fresh out of your own garden and cook, can or freeze them right away. Much of this is hard physical labor and of course it would be easier to go to the store or even a farmers market, but much less rewarding. I guess you can tell I love gardening!

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A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.
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I so agree on the therapy.



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I know I am not the best gardener but i have fun and it does relax me. Better than paying a doctor money.

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It is therapy for me also. Think of it this way, I have a t-shirt that sums it up real nicely- GARDENING cheaper than therapy. I think it is the best therapy there is.

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If I'm hauling mulch, or digging big holes you bet I count it as exercise! The days I'm sitting on my bum casually weeding, I don't count it as exercise BUT it is a heck of alot better than sitting in my house watching TV.

Gardening is SO much better than being sedentary and should totally be encouraged. Being outside in the fresh air, working the ground - it's more than exercise it's therapy for me.

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I look at it this way, Any time I am moving in ways then I normally do like sitting and reading or sewing is exercise. My dietitian tried to tell me I can't use that because it isn't cardio so she would not count it. By that I mean gardening. I think she is wrong.


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I may be getting on a soap box here, but the main reason most people need to exercise, as in running & weight lifting, is because our modern life has become so much less active. In our grandparents day and before, most people did not sit for very many hours during the day. Just the basic activities of daily living took a lot more physical effort than they do today. Most people raised most of their own fruits and vegetables and many had chickens and cows even if they didn't live on a farm. The garden beds were worked by hand and the produce carried up to the kitchen in bushel baskets where it was canned on a wood stove, after hauling in the wood and pumping the water to do so. We may now have a lot of devises that help us with some of that work, but gardening still takes a lot of heavy work and I have taken my pulse after spending time out in the garden and it is raised into the range to count as aerobic activity most of the time. There are time I work at a slower pace, like when I know I have to get a lot done and would not be able to maintain the pace to raise my heart rate but then I don't count the full amount of time since only 2 hours a day count anyway.

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I count it for all of the same reasons. Getting the garden beds ready is a real workout.

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I do count gardening as exercise also. It makes you move every part of your body in some sort or another. I can tell when I have been gardening because it makes me feel good , I get dirty, and I get to play in the dirt. My muscles are sore right now from chopping I did this morning but am still going to get out there in a little while and set some things out and make myself one happy woman (I get to get dirty).

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I had just read something by one of the Spark coaches that said we really shouldn't count it because it was too hard to measure. I count it because I too feel the aches in my muscles (already), and it raises my heart rate so it at least counts as cardio. I just feel like there is prejudice out there against anything other than standard types of exercise such as weight lifting, running, treadmills, exercise machines, etc. We all know that we burn calories and build muscles as we work in the garden and with the added benefit of getting fresh air and sunshine.

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Of course it counts as exercise. Think how you feel the day after your first day of gardening for the year. It doesn't matter what exercises I do over the winter, the first couple of times I spend much time gardening I always wake up the next morning feeling my gardening muscles.

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When I trim my hedges and dig up my garden I do count it. I never knew we were not suppose to count that. Sometimes I spend all day outside burning those calories.

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Iknow we are not encouraged ot use gardening as our exercise but I like my exercise to be meaningful and useful. This morning I spent about 3 hours out in the yard and garden. My husband had made a new flower bed for me about 4 by eight feet and I planted that; then we went out to the vegetable garden and planted corn, two kinds of squash, two kinds of watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and three dozen strawberry plants. Our garden is downhill from the house so it is quite a climb to get back up! Then I had to water all the new trees and shrubs we planted yesterday. I'm glad we are supposed to get rain tomorrow; I can find some form of inside exercise such as cleaning my neglected house. Don't you think that sounds like a calorie burning workout? Do you count your active gardening time as exercise? You can put it under cardio.

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