This week (April 11th-17th) sees the UK celebrate National Gardening Week – an initiative launched five years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to celebrate all things gardening.  

To honour the occasion, the RHS, who are the sponsors of the Garden Theatre at Gardening Scotland, have published survey results which demonstrate that gardening really is good for your health!

More than 2,000 people were surveyed to find out which activities offered the best work out, how it made them feel and whether gardening was their main exercise. Digging, weeding and mowing the lawn were cited as the top three activities to give the best workout. A person weighing around nine stone will burn 150 calories in half an hour of digging, according to Harvard Medical School – and the heavier you are, the more you burn.

Not only is gardening good exercise, gardeners also felt it was great for toning their bodies, too, with  70% saying it helped to tone their forearms and 50% that it toned their thighs.

Gardening Scotland, Scotland’s Outdoor Living Show, which takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, will offer plenty of inspiration to gardeners of all ages and all levels, enabling them to get outside and burn those calories!

Why not get involved in National Gardening Week by building a pond, making a rhubarb jam or simply just getting out into your garden? Spread the word online via #NationalGardeningWeek, or visit www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk for more information.

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