Gardening Workouts are a Fun Way to Lose Weight

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Gardening can be a great workout!Has your doctor told you that you need to lose weight in order to control your diabetes? Well, we all know that exercise is a key component of any healthy weight loss program, but what can you do if the thought of hitting the gym makes you want to run inside and plop on your couch?

Try this fun alternative: gardening! Just in time for National Gardening Exercise Day, your Houston Podiatrist is sharing an easy gardening workout with you (courtesy of Weight Watchers) that can help you drop pounds while enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors.

Warm up by stretching your muscles for 5 to 10 minutes before heading out to the garden. Stretch again after 15 to 20 minutes of gardening.

Mix it up. Using a variety of motions at a steady pace, perform a combination of any of the following moves: raking, mowing, weeding, pruning and digging. Switch it up every 15 minutes.

Bend at the knees not at the waist, especially when lifting heavy items, and use long-handled tools for raking or hoeing to avoid back strain and pain.

Cool down by walking, picking flowers or vegetables or just enjoying the fruits of your "exercise."

Gardening can be a great jumping-off point for someone looking to control their diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight but exercise is not sufficient to protect your help. If you are living with diabetes, regular visits to a podiatrist to check your foot health are crucial. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today, then get out and garden tomorrow and any time the mood strikes you!

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.