Home Health and Wellness Ways to Get Fit in Your Garden By Irene Lewis-McCormick, M.S., CSCS >> Before you begin your outdoor projects, walk around your garden to warm up your muscles. A warm-up helps prevent injury by lubricating the muscles and joints. Pick up a rake, lift a plant pot, and pull some weeds to build stamina and strength while accomplishing the gardening tasks you enjoy. No special outdoor exercise equipment needed.