Squire's Garden Centres survey finds gardening fitness actvity impact

A survey by Squire's Garden Centres has found that 93% of people said that gardening helps keep them fit and healthy, and 20% of people surveyed said that it was their main form of exercise.

Some 81% of people questioned by Squire’s said that they never stretch or warm-up before gardening, so to make your gardening workout even better Squire’s advise a 10 minute warm up and stretch to help avoid any aches and pains.
Only 39% of people surveyed said that they drank water while gardening. Tea or coffee was the drink of choice for 38% of people, 9% drank nothing at all, and 2% of people drank alcoholic beverage while gardening.
Some 92% of people felt that gardening gave them space to think and clear their mind, while 45%
of people surveyed said that gardening made them feel happy, and 40% of people said it made them feel relaxed and calm.
Deputy chairman Sarah Squire said: "Gardening is a great way to achieve a low impact workout, full of movement and stretching but without the strain on the joints of pounding the streets. Plus best of all it’s free."
"Just as you would drink water in the gym you should also do so while gardening, as dehydration can lead to increased muscle stiffness after exercise.
"So remember, it’s not just plants that need water in the garden – you do too.
"The therapeutic effects of gardens and gardening are well-known, and our survey results demonstrate this, with 92% of people saying that gardening gave them space to think and clear their mind. I defy anyone not to feel relaxed and let the cares of the day slide away in a garden."

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