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Your Slimming World beginner’s guide to gardening

May 29 2019
Grace Kelly
By Grace Kelly

Gardening and yard work isn’t just an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the sunshine, it’s also a great way to support your weight loss with some Body Magic, Slimming World’s gentle, get-started activity plan. Whether you’re digging or mowing, anything that gets your heart rate up counts. And you don’t have to have a green thumb to make the most of your plot—here are four top tips for boosting your flower beds today:

Why gardening is a great way to be active

1 Get geared up
All you need to get started are a few basic tools. Anthony Hennessy, superintendent of horticulture for the city of Boston, recommends grabbing a good trowel, a long-handled shovel for getting larger plants into the ground, and a protective pair of gloves.

2 Make your garden game plan
“If you’re planting in your backyard, notice if it gets a lot of sun or shade,” Hennessy says, and choose your plant varieties accordingly. As a general guide, for easy-to-grow veggie plants, he suggests tomatoes, eggplant, and squash. For flowers, he recommends geraniums, peonies, zinnias, and marigolds. And don’t worry if your planting efforts don’t flourish right away. “Gardening is like doing a giant science experiment. It’s absolutely normal for some plants not to survive,” Hennessy says, “so don’t be discouraged!”

3 Enjoy the journey
Gardening and yard work is an ongoing labor of love, and making time for it regularly will keep your green space thriving, as well as your activity levels up. Slimming World member Cheryl, from Lewisville, Texas, who has lost 10lbs so far, finds satisfaction in keeping her garden growing: “I love doing yard work—pulling weeds, trimming bushes, and mowing the lawn is so very satisfying.”

4 Look further afield
Community gardens offer individuals and groups access to plots, and local farms and botanical gardens are often looking for volunteers to help out. So you can still garden, even if you don’t have access to a yard of your own!

Inspired? You’ll find lots more support and inspiration on our website, helping you to make real, lasting changes and lose weight for life.

If you’re planning to start a new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to check with your health care provider first—especially if you have an existing health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.