Dad dot info
Free online course for separated parents
Forum - Ask questions. Get answers.
Free online course for separated parents

Get gardening, get fit!

One of Britain’s favourite pastimes could actually be one of the best ways to get a full body workout. So now the weather is warming up,  pick up your tools and get pruning…

Prune for bigger guns

Man reaching up and pruning tree

The arm raise defines the biceps and it’s a great choice for a gardener keen to impress. Be sure to choose your position with care. Stand with feet slightly apart and directly beneath home-grown produce. With repetition, this exercise will impress everyone as you reap the fruits of your labour.

Tackle those trees for perfect pecs

Any version of the chest press will quickly sculpt the body and you don’t have to be a body builder to create definition. Be reassured that tree care such as regular pruning and lopping will shed around 238 calories every 60 minutes, improve shape and get rid of excessive growth for you and your branched friends.

Jump to it

A great exercise for strengthening muscles and increasing explosive muscle power is star jumps and vaulting off a fork or spade. It’s sure to bulk up biceps, so get excited about digging. For those that prefer to keep their feet a little closer to the ground, it has been reported that an hours worth of digging, filling or composting can burn up to 272 calories.  

Man holding a spade and doing a star jump

Get to the root of problem areas 

Lunges are a great exercise for strengthening and building several muscle groups. If you want a toned butt and defined calf, then a slight bend and back to standing position and you are pretty much done. If you want a perfectly weeded lawn then put these moves into action with a weed puller. You could burn as much as the 238 calories per hour.

Man in garden holding a weed killer

Get down to the job in hand

There is no better exercise than the squat to gain a well-honed body. It tones pretty much every muscle group, except the fingers. No man wants to end up with bigger biceps on one arm than the other, so use an ambidextrous pruner to work both left and right hand.

Man holding an ambidextrous pruner

Dig deep to create impact

If you are looking for impressive triceps and well-defined upper body, then the shoulder press will get you in shape. Digging is guaranteed to move the ground beneath your feet, so you had better get busy with a garden spade. With roughly 272 calories burnt per hour and muscles getting a full work out, your garden and body will be looking great by the end of the season.

Exercise reduces stress

With busy lives and ever growing to-do lists, our minds become cluttered, adding to ever increasing stress levels. Gardening is one of the most effective exercises to reduce stress. In order to relax, it’s important to take time out to reflect, to rest, to clear the mind and to reach this almost meditative state, not to have over exerted oneself in the garden first

Man relaxing with eyes closed on a bench


Related entries

When can I get back to sport?

When can I get back to sport?

Pro Cricket is back! Premier League Football has been back a little while! But the crowds have gone and with them some of our passion for the game.   Social distancing has slammed through both professional and amateur sports like a wrecking ball. Now that we are...

When can I get back to sport?


If lockdown life has seen you pile on the extra pounds then fear not you’re not alone. A recent survey indicated a hefty 48% of us reported they had experienced some weight gain since lockdown, we caught up with chartered physio, strength coach and Dad, Olly from Feel...

Doggy Paddle isn’t enough

Doggy Paddle isn’t enough

Days on the beach, mucking about on the river and round the pool. What do all these great days out have in common? Water ... and wherever there is water, watch out Dads, your kids are at risk. Again this summer, we have read with great sadness stories of young...

Latest entries

Should mediation after family breakdown be compulsory?

Should mediation after family breakdown be compulsory?

Here is the big question? Does anyone win in family court?   In our experience, not parents, and certainly not children. Here at Dad Info,  we support thousands of parents at every stage of separation. Listening to them, we are incredibly sympathetic to the bruising...

Have you visited the Dad Info forum?

Have you visited the Dad Info forum?

Did you know that Dad Info has it's own forum? It's not just a place for people to share and vent, but it's also a space to get advice from those in the know. Being a parent can be unbelievably hard. The minute a child is born, parents find themselves exhausted and...

Teens are vaping. Is it safe?

Teens are vaping. Is it safe?

Teens have always found ways to flex their independence and rebel- it was normal, years ago, for youths to share cigarettes behind the bike sheds. These days, however, many teenagers have taken to vaping. It may seem like a harmless vice, with the variety of fruity...

Pin It on Pinterest