A simple project like planting a small veggie garden can be a great workout for the whole body. A study from Harvard even found the number of calories burned in 30 minutes of gardening was comparable to playing sports like badminton, volleyball and gymnastics.
And there’s no age limit on having a green thumb. Research shows that only about half of all people aged over 65 in New Zealand are regularly active, so a healthy hobby like gardening can be a good form of exercise for older people who might require more physical exercise.
A full body activity, gardening encourages use of all motor skills, improves endurance and strength, and does wonders for your flexibility. Spending some time in the sun is also a natural and efficient way to soak up Vitamin D – of which 32 per cent of New Zealanders are below the recommended blood level.