Gardening makes you thinner - study

Gardeners can burn almost 1,500 calories a week on the plot

Gardening burns calories
Gardening burns calories
A new study by online garden centre has asked a group of amateur gardeners to keep a record of their gardening chores over a week.


Over seven days, the group burned, on average, 1,437 calories which over the course of a gardening season amounts to 43,110, enough to run more than 17 marathons.


That’s equivalent to 360 glasses of white wine or 53 roast dinners.


Among the weight busting activities were hedge cutting and clearing, mowing, edging and raking the lawn, digging over flowerbeds and watering.


Others which happen less frequently but were noted by the group included painting the fence and shed and trimming trees and big shrubs.


Calories burned in 1 hour:

Hedge cutting and clearing – 315 calories

Lawn mowing, edging and raking – 374 calories

Digging – 340 calories

Planting – 306 calories

Watering – 102 calories

Painting the fence / shed – 306 calories

Heavy pruning – 408 calories


The biggest calorie buster was an hour of heavy pruning which includes cutting back trees and large shrubs. This used up 408 calories, the equivalent of a chocolate muffin.


Cutting, edging and raking the lawn proved to be another good way to shed excess pounds, burning 374 calories with digging using up another 340.


Hedge cutting and clearing used up a staggering 315 calories per hour with painting the fence and planning both burning off 306.


Watering the garden used the lowest number of calories standing at just 102 over an hour.



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