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How Many Calories Does Gardening Burn?

Calories are a big subject in the fitness world. If you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain your current weight, tracking your calories and making sure you consume and burn the right amount every day is the ticket to success. It’s all about those calories! Your body burns calories in a number of ways, even while at rest! Sitting here thinking about burning calories is actually burning calories, although not all that many. Aerobic exercise is the most effective way of burning calories, and gardening is one such exercise. But how many calories does gardening burn? Is it really a good workout?

How does gardening burn calories?

As mentioned above, aerobic exercise is the most efficient way of burning calories. The act of moving your muscles requires your body to expend calories. The more you move, the more calories you’ll burn. Gardening may not seem like a very rigorous activity, but a day of working outdoors in your garden can really charge up your body’s calorie burning.

Other factors difficult to control for are outside temperature. If it’s cold or fairly hot outside, your body may burn additional calories while working to self-regulate your internal temperature, keeping it at a safe range.

How many calories does gardening burn?

Determining just how many calories gardening burns is a little bit difficult because it depends on your weight and what you’re doing. If you’re kneeling on the ground, knees resting comfortably on a pad, and gently planting petunias, you aren’t burning as many calories as you would be if you were shoveling heavy soil for 8 hours. But if you roughly average out every activity associated with gardening, it winds up being that you will burn 2 calories per pound of bodyweight per hour.

BodyweightCalories burned
100 pounds200 calories
120 pounds240 calories
140 pounds280 calories
160 pounds320 calories
180 pounds360 calories
200 pounds400 calories
220 pounds440 calories
240 pounds480 calories
260 pounds520 calories

As you can see, gardening can really add up the number of calories you burn in a day, of course depending on how rigorously you’re gardening. If your goal is to burn lots of calories while gardening, throw in a set of pushups every once in a while or run a lap around your garden to get your heart beating a little bit harder.

Keep Reading: 5 Benefits Of Having A Garden

Sarah Biren
Freelance Writer
Sarah is a baker, cook, author, and blogger living in Toronto. She believes that food is the best method of healing and a classic way of bringing people together. In her spare time, Sarah does yoga, reads cookbooks, writes stories, and finds ways to make any type of food in her blender.