A new study has revealed that people over the age of 60 are likely to live a longer life if they engage in a spot of gardening.
The study of 4232 people by Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden found that elderly people tend to spend more time being sedentary and less time exercising than those in other age groups.
Older people often struggle to exercise vigorously, and therefore any time spent off the sofa and in the garden can be of great benefit.
Although previous studies have hinted that gardening does not count towards the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise, the Swedish study found that people who were more active in the garden on a daily basis still had a lower risk of heart attack than those who engaged in no activity whatsoever.
Being active reduced the risk of heart attack or stroke by 27% and death from any cause by 30%.