Stay as trim as the hedges with these yardwork exercisesLifeHacks The List
You might think twice about passing off the yard work to someone else after reading this article: Aside from making your house look HGTV-worthy and keeping your HOA happy, gardening, lawn mowing, and general outdoor chores can burn enough calories for a great workout! And you won't have to lift bags of leaves repeatedly over your head to get it! With just a few mindful adjustments, you can take your body from wimpy to Hefty, all by crossing your usual outdoor chores off your to-do list:
1. Weed Workout
Cut down your time at the gym on leg days by squatting while you pull weeds. Kneeling on the ground might be easy, but you'll help define and strengthen your leg muscles by squatting and holding the position until you feel a deep burn. Give yourself a rest, then get back into squat position for as many reps as you can do!
2. Mow the Fat Away
Call the kids back in! You'll want this workout all to yourself: Mowing the lawn with a traditional push mower is an awesome cardio workout that can also help tone your calves. You can burn upwards of 300 calories an hour with this one – that'll get you dancing!
3. Sweeping Cardio
This one gives even apartment dwellers the chance to burn some calories – you can burn up to 200 calories per hour with the help of your broom! Make sure to sweep fairly vigorously to get your heart pumping and those calories burning.
4. Trim A Hedge; Trim Your Waist
Using manual cutters to trim the bushes can help stimulate muscles in your forearms and shoulders. And it might not seem like you're doing much, but with the walking between shrubs, and energy you spend getting in good snips, manual trimming can burn over 200 calories per hour! That must be what kept Edward Scissorhands looking so good.
5. Rake Away The Cals
Raking the leaves makes you walk around the yard, pick up piles of leaves, and take them out to the trash. It's a lot of back and forth but that means a lot of exercise for your body. You can burn up to nearly 300 calories taking on those leafy nuisances (no telling how many more calories you'll burn by cursing the leaves that fall while you're raking).
– Don't forget to stretch! Just like working out at the gym or going for a run, yard work puts stress on your body so limber up before heading out.
– Bend at the knees! It can be easy to strain your lower back by leaning over or hunching while working. Not only will you get a better muscle workout by focusing on form in the garden, you'll also prevent soreness, sprains, or injury later.
– Stay hydrated! You'll feel better while working and help your muscles heal faster too!
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