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Health Tip: Work Your Muscles While Gardening

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Health Tip: Work Your Muscles While Gardening

But start slowly to avoid injury

(HealthDay News) -- Gardening is an enjoyable way to get physical activity and tone your muscles.

The American Council on Exercise suggests how to tone up while working in the garden:

  • Start off slowly to avoid soreness and injury.
  • Work in your garden for 30 minutes to an hour at a time at least three times per week.
  • Turn your compost pile and pull weeds by hand to work your upper body muscles.
  • Use hoeing and raking to strengthen your upper body and trunk.
  • Dig in the dirt to work your thigh muscles.
  • Use a push mower to get in a cardiovascular workout.