Exercise and gardening can go very well together. In fact, there’s even a national “exercising in your garden” day, which falls on June 6th. The day is meant to highlight just how important exercise is and how working in a garden can be great for you as well. With food prices on the rise, your garden might even help you save quite a bit of money.

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There are a lot of things you can do to make sure that gardening offers more exercise. You might skip sprinklers, for example, and use a watering can to water plants individually. Pulling up weeds, planting crops, trimming plants, and various other activities will help you get moving.

Of course, as with any form of exercise, you need to take some precautions. Make sure you use proper lifting techniques — for example, lifting with your knees rather than your back. Also, make sure you don’t over-exert yourself. Otherwise, you could end up bedridden and your garden could wilt or succumb to weeds and pests while you rest up.

Before working in the garden, it’s important to make sure that you stretch. Wearing shoes that offer a lot of support and using sunscreen can also lead to a better experience. Make sure you get plenty of water as well. Ultimately, you can burn hundreds of calories an hour gardening and performing yard work, which can go a long way towards helping you maintain your health.