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Work Out with Yard Work

Your Yard & Your Body Will Thank You!



1/29/2009 11:40:14 AM

HERBKAT's SparkPage
Gardening is my primary form of exercise in any season. It's cross-training at its best. For cardio, there's dragging a tarp full of blackberry canes across the field to the burning pile. For strength and cardio mixed, there's digging, sawing, pruning, shoveling mulch, etc. I prefer this to any gym workout. It smells better, sounds better (birdsong instead of grunts), and I get to accomplish two things a once - shaping up my body as I shape up my garden, which produces the organic food I use to feed this body.


1/29/2009 7:02:12 AM

JULIA75's SparkPage
Very good article! Especially the warming up and stretching the lower back are an important measure because garden work tends to put a lot of stress onto the back. (Same goes for shoveling snow which is a classic way to an aching back if done without stretching.)


9/3/2008 3:07:06 PM

Gardening is now an option, but I wish there were one for "Heavy Yardwork." I use a chainsaw, and drag heavy limbs around, burning much more calories than planting a flowerbed. I usually list it as "heavy cleaning" sometimes with one section as "moving boxes" if a lot of the work was moving heavy objects.

I'm going to try the link that LEDANSER provided though! Thank you!


2/15/2008 10:34:12 PM

JANETTEA's SparkPage
I garden a lot in my almost 3/4 acre yard. My 52-year old back would ache so much I could hardly stand up after a day of digging, bending and so forth. Then, I started doing Astanga yoga and now, my back aches are gone. The yoga keeps my back strong and supple.


2/15/2008 1:33:22 PM

LEDANSER's SparkPage
If you want to calculate your calories burned while gardening go to
This calorie counter has a ton of activities!


2/15/2008 12:50:31 PM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Great article. Makes me think of the ROSEANNE joke "I'll vacuum when they make one I can ride on." My son does the yard, because he likes to drive the lawnmower.


2/15/2008 8:44:43 AM

Wow...the perfect activity! Fresh air and burning calories while planting a vegetable garden that produces low-calorie nutritious foods while getting your Vitamin D from the sun!! Brilliant!


2/15/2008 8:04:59 AM

I was disappointed to find that gardening is not listed in the cardio exercises. I wanted to put it in, but didn't know how many calories to count.


2/15/2008 3:05:34 AM

I love to work outdoors, so this is great! Right now, we're shoveling nearly every two days. I wonder how many calories it burns. I sure do sweat!


2/15/2008 12:46:49 AM

KAFMOM's SparkPage
We have had a little bit of sunshine the last few days. I find that I am always in a better mood when I spend time in working in the yard. We have 15 acres, so any chance I get during the winter I am outside working in the sunshine. I know I am getting a good work out because every muscle in my body is sore. All of the pruning's done now, so I have to think of some other things to do outside. If I start planting flowers they will just get frozen.



11/26/2007 6:59:27 AM

HANNAHV's SparkPage
My all time favourite exercise! Just remember to wear a hat, use sunblock and spray something on for those nasty mosquitos and reap the benifits later.


11/26/2007 6:22:46 AM

This is great!! You are achieving two results at a time,.....a great body workout and also the healthy benefits your body needs! Why waste all that hard work when you can accomplsh something wonderful in your own yard!!

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