You're so right about the Y, and about the need for high intensity cardio in addition to the exercise of house and yardwork. I am a member of a gym that is walking distance from my house, and opens at 5 am, and it's cheaper than the Y (and it had hot showers yesterday when my power was still out!) so I have lots of reasons to choose it over the Y, but I miss the emphasis at the Y on bonding with other people by sweating together! There are no pick-up volleyball games at my gym, just classes where we all pay attention to the instructor and equipment that you use individually. Too bad!
I do my own yard work, except my husband does the shoveling. But I have an oldfashioned push mower, so it is some exercise. I also clean my own house.... but I still go to the gym! My grass doesn't grow fast enough or my house get dirty enough for me to not work out. I belong to the YMCA. It is a great program that does so many things for the community, and gives people scholarships, so I think it is a great way to spend my money!
Pounds lost: 34.4
Fitness Minutes: (2,090) Posts: 2,795 10/16/11 10:55 A
Saving the envirnment is one thing, saving your back is another! If you are dealing with that much snow you really need that snowblower!. We will forgive you and I will make up for it by pushing the shovel!
I love yardwork in the spring, summer, and fall, but the pushmower finally got retired this year after my second rainy spring in two years (if the ground is too soft, the pushmower just tears up the dirt instead of mowing, and the grass quickly gets taller than the front bar). The yardwork I hate is shoveling snow. Last year, once the snow was above shoulder height on either side of the sidewalk, it was so painful to use my back that way I wished I had a snowblower and could just burn some fossil fuels.
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Fitness Minutes: (11,876) Posts: 1,402 9/20/11 10:17 A
I like working in our little farm it makes my life busy all day long. Plus I sweat a lots, like today I done a lots of shovels those gravels. I done some landscape today. I have had fun plus its my work outs too. My skin is so brown now from the sun.
Cresenciana T. Reinders
Pounds lost: 18.0
Fitness Minutes: (145,333) Posts: 9,350 8/31/11 10:18 A
I have been going on and on lately and over the years actually about the value of work, and getting the actual reward of a jobs done. All that energy we expend in the gym, etc, can be utilized to build homes, gardens, work on cars or bikes, whatever. From loading bales of hay to chopping wood, stacking it and then burning it, there is work producing not only kcalories burned, but stretching, using all sort of core muscles and variety.
I love the adage of twice warm, or three times warm wood. From cutting down the trees, collecting the wood, to the splitting and stacking, tons of heat produced... burned before ever even setting a match to it.
current weight: 228.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,090) Posts: 2,795 8/11/11 10:38 P
I dug up a bush I didn't like, darn thing took me two years! I finally got it out though! I track my gardening, it does add up. I don't like to use poison so I dig every weed out with a chisel, works pretty good but there's more of them then there is of me! I also use a push mower. And I've decided that Queen Annes' Lace and Chicory are attractive border plants!
current weight: 240.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,046) Posts: 1,169 8/9/11 10:55 P
Used to, I didn't much care for garden cardio LOL, but since getting a slingblade, I'm loving my mini workout. 20 mins and it feels like I ran for an hour. Plus it saves me money so I hear ya about doing it yourself.
For years, I have given the unsolicited advice to folks that they should give up their gym membership, save the money, clean their own homes. do the do-able routine maintenance chores on their homes and DO THEIR OWN YARD WORK!
When people come over to visit, and I am asked "who is your maid and lawn maintenance company" I raise my hand and say ME. I'm saving a ton-o-money. getting sun & fresh air and lots of exercise.
Even middle aged, disabled women can do it! Although when I was working and my children were still home, I must say that time was an issue.
Today I had listed 15 minutes of gardening exercise on my Fitness Tracker and I changed it to 90 minutes (actually time spent.) The increase in time was "vine eradication." One piece was about 8' long. Oh my! I even got out my ax.
Gardening and yard work are not progressive. They are in the same chore category for me with dirty dishes and dirty clothes. All of them go on and on and on...
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