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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fall Yard Workout

As we edge closer into the arena of fall weather, many of us find ourselves with a long list of outside cleanup and yard work needing to be done. Besides the ususal benefits that can be prescribed to fall clean-up tasks, add to that list the extra advantage of the physical workout, and you can come out ahead in the calorie burning department.

Below is a list I discovered post by Diane Griffith, in her article entitled The Ultimate Fall Workout

Similarities between yard work and traditional exercise:

Push mowers exercise leg, arm and shoulder muscles.

Digging involves weight lifting, abdominal stretching and squatting

Digging requires as much energy as aerobics and swimming.

Weeding involves forearm stretches and squatting.

Carrying wood, clearing land, hauling branches and laying sod give you a workout equivalent to stationary bicycling.

You can burn as many calories in 45 minutes of yard work as in 30 minutes of aerobics. And here is the rest of it.

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