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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
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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