FIT for Women

Good news: yard work is exercise!

By The Edith Sanford team

May 21, 2014

mowing the grassNow that the snow has melted, it’s pretty tough to pretend that the greenish-brownish wilderness you call a lawn doesn’t need some serious attention.

The good news is that all of the gardening/yard work/manual labor in your future can be great for your health! Studies show that even moderate physical activity can help reduce our risk for breast cancer.

Here are some ideas to make all of that outdoor work, work in your favor.

Push it

This might sound extreme, but if you want to get the most out of the obligatory weekly mowing of the lawn, ditch your fancy self-propelled mower and go retro. Using an old-fashioned push mower can burn up to 300 calories in an hour, making it a great way to get your heart pumping while you take a trip back in time.

Rake it

Make the most of spring yard cleaning by raking smart. Use controlled movements to help you target your arms and shoulders for a productive strength training session. You’ll also get your heart pumping.

Toning, cardio and a better-looking lawn … not bad!

Trim it

Trimming hedges and edging your lawn can be part of regular plan to work exercise into your daily life. When you opt against electric or gas clippers, you’re setting yourself up for extra effort. Depending on your landscaping, you’ll add significant, all-important exertion to this recurrent chore.

Haul it

All of that mowing, raking and trimming means lots of clipping and piles to deal with. The good news is that hauling all of that detritus can be a great workout! Not only will you be bending and scooping, you’ll be using large muscle groups to move those bags and piles from point A to point B.

Just because something is a chore doesn’t mean it has to be a drag. Next time you head out to manicure your lawn, keep in mind that you can make yard work into an opportunity to add activity to your healthy lifestyle!