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Fit About Town

Planting can help grow muscles in the garden.

Fit About Town

Gardening isn’t just for growing fresh vegetables and pretty flowers. You don’t need a green thumb to flex those muscles. A 150-pound person can use up to 306 calories per hour weeding, mowing and trimming ,or planting shrubs and trees. You can sweat out 340 calories an hour by digging. Add a few more calories for digging in our red Georgia clay. Save your money on the riding lawn mowers since you’ll only burn half as many calories sitting on your tush.

If you don’t enjoy solo gardening, find a group of friends to share the workout. Take turns each month working in each other’s gardens with the hostess supplying a healthy lunch for her gardening fairies.

If you love the idea of getting stronger by helping strengthen Athens through community gardening, contact Kate Austin, Community Garden Coordinator at the Athens Land Trust at kate@athenslandtrust.org or 706.613.0122. The local Athens Area Master Gardeners Association runs a Plant a Row for the Hungry garden at Clarke Middle School. You don’t have to be a Master Gardener to help but you will need to go through the organization to get on the approved volunteer list for the school. Email merry.anderson@att.net to find out about work days.

School gardens are becoming very common so there is always the opportunity to stay flexible and strong by helping kids get their hands dirty. You don’t have to be a parent or grandparent to reap the benefits of building a butterfly garden or rain garden.

always appreciates volunteers in their specialty gardens. You’ll learn a lot at the same time. Contact Andrea Fischer, Volunteer Coordinator at sbgvol@uga.edu or 706.542.6195.

A good tip to remember when gardening is to be careful with your back. Even young folks get backaches if they don’t learn to lift correctly or bend at the hips instead of the waist.

It’s good to vary your activities during your gardening workouts. Don’t stay in one position too long or you’ll get stiff. Plus, you'll burn more calories if you are less efficient with your gardening tasks. Take time to stretch your arms and legs after a lengthy gardening stint. The next day you'll be glad you did.  

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