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Gardening RDA: How Much Time In The Garden Should You Spend

Most gardeners would agree that the process of growing a garden can positively influence both mental and physical health. Whether mowing the lawn [1], pruning roses [2], or planting tomatoes [3], maintaining a lush, thriving garden can be a lot of work. Working the soil, weeding, and other more enjoyable tasks, such as harvesting vegetables, can clear the mind and build stronger muscles in the process. But just how much time in the garden must one spend to reap these benefits? Read on to learn more about our gardening recommended daily allowance.

What is Gardening RDA?

Recommended daily allowance, or RDA, is a term used most often to refer to daily dietary needs. These guidelines make suggestions regarding daily caloric intake, as well as suggestions regarding daily nutrient intake. However, some professionals have suggested that a recommended daily gardening allowance may contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle.

British gardening expert, David Domoney, advocates that as little as 30 minutes a day in the garden can help burn calories, as well as reduce stress. Gardeners who adhered to this guideline often burned over 50,000 calories each year, simply by completing various outdoor chores. This means the RDA for gardening is a simple way to stay healthy [4].

Although the benefits are numerous, it’s important to keep in mind that many activities can be quite strenuous. Tasks such as lifting, digging, and picking up heavy objects require quite a bit of physical exertion. Garden-related chores, just as more conventional forms of exercise, should be done in moderation.

The benefits of a well-maintained garden extend beyond increasing the curb appeal of the home, but may nurture a healthier mind and body as well.

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