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Yard workout
Digging in the dirt beats sweating in the gym any day

By Diane Hart
First published in Chatelaine’s May 2003 issue.
© Diane Hart

You can cultivate a lot more than flowers and vegetables in your garden. With a little effort, you can become as strong and lean as you would by lifting weights or taking an aerobics class. You’ll also reap some terrific health benefits: a reduced risk of heart disease, depression and diabetes. Gardening can help you sleep better, keep your weight down and lift your spirits. Here’s how to step outdoors into your garden gym:

• Basic stretch
• Lift a wheelbarrow
• Dig with a trowel
• Mow the lawn
• Prune a tree
• Trim your hedges
• Tips for working in your garden

  • Intro
  • Basic stretch
  • Lift a wheelbarrow
  • Dig with a trowel
  • Mow the lawn
  • Prune a tree
  • Trim your hedges
  • Tips for working in your garden
     
  • Grow your own herbs
  • Pot luck
     
  • Your complete gardening guide
  • More workouts in Sweat Central
     
  • Swap gardening tips in our Home + garden forum
     
  • Garden guru Yvonne Cunnington: April 14 to 18