Gardening can dramatically improve men's performance in the bedroom, according to a new study.
Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna found in their study that regular bouts of gentle weeding, digging and mowing can revitalise a man's flagging sex drive.
Just 30 minutes of gardening a week is enough to reduce the risk of impotence by around 38 per cent, they found.
The same study showed other forms of moderate exercise, such as dancing and cycling, could have similar benefits.
The researchers found that men who spend even more time in the vegetable patch can more than halve their risk of impotence.
"Erectile function can be maintained even by low, regular physical activity. Energy expenditure of as little as 1,000 calories a week reduces the risk. Doctors should use these findings to encourage their patients to do more physical training and adopt a healthier lifestyle," the Telegraph quoted the authors, as saying.
In the study, the researchers found that gardening for 30 to 45 minutes, dancing for half an hour, cycling four miles in 15 minutes or jogging 1.5 miles reduced impotence by around 38 per cent.
Men who burned off up to 4,000 kilocalories a week saw their impotence risk drop almost 52 per cent.
The study is published in the journal European Urology.