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Yard Work - Healthy or not

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I am not a garden type person. Today I spent time sawing down and breaking off dead branches and storm torn limbs from my mom's backyard.

Not accustomed to this kind of work, I have been hit in the head by several heavy branches and trees as one limb gives way.

I know I sweat up a storm and am sore all over. My question is, healthy or not. If I wind up bruised, is this worth it?

I like the outdoors but am in no real shape to tackle it.

I need to find another release for stress and calorie dumping.
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MRSJARI 5/8/2010 10:07PM

    I tend to not like yard work either, because the sun's too HOT! Yet it feels good to get it looking nice and to take care of things. I hope you were able to get the branches moved. emoticon Girl Power!

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LAINYC 4/10/2010 1:05PM

    I love working in the yard. Yesterday I was also sawing branches and they were hitting me; but when you look over your work it makes you happy that you did it. If you look at the fitness counter you will see just how many calories you can burn working outside. emoticon

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GINNY1975 4/10/2010 12:02PM

  I don't feel that yard work can ever be unhealthy because you are burning calories and working up a good sweat. Although you may not be in shape to handle the work at this point, after a little while you will be flying through yardwork like a pro. i do want to stress that you must be very careful when it comes to tree trimming. I tend to let my husband do the trimming as I drag the limbs away, but I have no doubt that you are capable of doing this yourself. Always try to visualize where limbs will fall and test limbs before you try to use them to support yourself. I wish you the very best of luck and hang in there. After the initial perils of tree trimming it can be a great workout. Any resulting bruises, scratches, etc. will fade in time and shouldn't cause any long-term problems. :-)

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MARY2PLAY 4/10/2010 11:35AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I see three huge branches and have no idea how they will get moved to the sidewalk. I have then to figure out how to get it picked up. It will not be picked up by the trash men.

At any rate, I do feel like this is an example of "girl power".

Thanks again.

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KINISUE 4/10/2010 11:32AM

    I happen to love working in the yard. When it has built up and it takes an all day attempt I feel as sore as you do for a few days.

To me it is worth it. Not just because of the exercise but the satisfaction when I look at the results while drinking a glass of ice tea under the tree I pruned.

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