I do. Technically they say that you should not count household chores, etc. But I believe that anything that gets you off the sofa or away from the computer is exercise. I moved rock last weekend and I definitely counted that!
Yes, I count it as exercise. Didn't count today because all I did was plant some seeds and a large lily.
But some days I might be out there for 4 to 6 hours doing various things. Then I will just estimate a good 2 hours of hard work.
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Hi everyone...I have been working in my yard, moving bricks as we are moving our outdoor fireplace, moving hay/straw to uncover plants, etc. Hanging clothes on the line, etc. I am bending, stretching, reaching, weight lifting, etc...gardening is such a workout I fall into bed and sound asleep within 5 minutes!
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I count it too- I'm glad I can count it, because it's nice to exercise and then look out the window and have something to show for it. I know, I know, exercise for its own sake is good, but Saturday I turned the veggie garden by hand and that felt good! And now there's a beautiful bed for planting AND I got my cardio. A tredmill can't do that! :)
The problem with counting gardening may be that SP lists it under cardio. I may not be getting my heart rate and breathing up to a "cardio level while I am gardening but I sure am exercising. Maybe they need to make another catagory under exercises that includes activities that do not fall under cardio or strength trainig.
Fitness Minutes: (1,780) Posts: 8 4/17/11 10:48 A
Like the others on the forum, I count gardening but at half time. The only exception is if I am just watering the plants with a hose, I d/n consider that work.
I challenge any non-gardener to question my sore muscles or the fact my hips slim down after a few months of spring yard work! Gardening is exercise. Stretching, bending , lifting all require major muscles working hard.
I do count gardening as exercise because it is it is lifting, bending, walking. It uses arm and leg movement, lifting bags of soil or mulch, using the wheel barrel, shovel, spade rake. Any movement that requires your mussels is workingout. Mowing the lawn pruning bushes. This all requires using your mussels even if it is for ten, or fifteen minutes Its all workingout. Janice
I agree with the others. It depends on how hard I work how much of the time I count. Every spring when I go from just a little bit of stuff in the gardens to the clean up, weeding and planting, my muscles tell me I am exercising.
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Fitness Minutes: (37,817) Posts: 1,466 4/17/11 9:32 A
I do count it, but not usually the whole time cause I'm not always working at a level I believe to be exercise... So I might spend 4 to 6 hours working in the yard but usually only count that as one to two hours of exercise.
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I was just wondering if you count gardening in your exercises? I know that you can choose it, I also know that the coaches say not to count it, just have it as a bonus workout. But if you work in the yard for say 6 hours, don't you think you should count it? Especially if your digging, weeding, planting, hauling dirt, dragging mulch ect...shouldn't you count it? If I go for a long period of time working outside, hard work, I count that at half the time. So if I did 6 hours, I'd count it as 3. What do you do? Or shouldn't I include it in my workouts?
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