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Work Out with Yard Work

Your Yard & Your Body Will Thank You!

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You may have experienced some aching muscles after working outside in the past, but there are actually several things you can do to prevent this soreness while still enjoying the outdoors:
  • Yard work utilizes your major muscle groups just like any workout. So, always warm up first by simply taking a short walk around your yard or down the block to get the blood flowing to your muscles.
  • Then, try some light stretches for your hamstrings and lower back (especially if you'll be doing a lot of bending).
  • It’s a good idea to take a few breaks throughout the day to drink some extra water and do some additional stretching.
As an active gardener, you can grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables! Ask you local gardening center about setting up a pot for tomato vines or green peppers. There is nothing better than fresh, homegrown produce to motivate you to eat healthier.

Grow! Enjoy the outdoors. Weed, mulch, dig and rake. Try all of these activities, get your hands in the dirt, and include yard work as a part of your healthy lifestyle.
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Member Comments

  • SUCCESS140
    I do yard work every weekend. Could someone please add it to the tracker? - 6/28/2015 10:03:33 PM
  • Nothing feels as good as a long soak in a tub of hot water and epsom salts at the end of the day of gardening. - 5/10/2015 12:09:26 PM
  • NAN130155
    Ok I know it is a work out and an half but why cant I find a calorie spend on the exercise tracker for any of it? - 4/15/2015 10:54:06 AM
  • Thanks for the article. My yard is my joy. I can't wait to get out there and plant new things. Keeping it clean and nice. - 9/25/2013 3:44:56 PM
  • So true! I use a push mover and the kids in the neighborhood are intrigued as they have never seen one. I love to garden, not only for the end result, but it's my after work stress release! - 1/19/2012 8:11:36 AM
  • Totally agree with this article.
    I'm an avid gardener and can't wait for the spring weather to set in here in the UK.
    I see a bit of sunshine and positvely crave to get out in the garden and get stuck in! - 1/19/2012 7:04:43 AM
  • NEW1964
    I agree with the author completely. I usually do a marathon of tasks (4-6 hours at a time) in my garden for one day of the weekend. Tend to take 15 to 30 minutes breaks between tasks. Also switch tasks quite frequently so that I don't overtax any one muscle group. Have learned that if I bike or walk 30 minutes at least 3 times during the week, my weekend sessions go much better with minimal soreness to my muscles. Also stretching my upper body prior to beginning helps tremendously with back and arms. Putting down mulch, digging holes and transplanting plants is tough work. I also tend to do most things manually. Takes longer but gets in a few more calories.

    This year I am growing tomatoes (roma & grape), basil and marjoram only. Possibly edible flowers. However, I always add a new perennial herb to my garden. Last year it was lovage. Although not a perennial may add italian parsley this year.

    Gardening keeps me sane and lets me reduce the stress from my hectic work week. But the skeeters are a pain in the bee-hind!! - 5/24/2011 7:42:47 AM
  • I just bought some tulip and daffodil bulbs. I will feel much better planting them and clearing my flower bed now that I'm killing two birds with one stone. I can have a beautiful yard, mind and body! - 9/30/2010 6:37:15 PM
  • Working in the yard, especially clearing a fence line or hauling mulch, is an excellent work out. Plus, it brings the added benefit of home/yard improvement, which is not something that can be said about treadmills, weight lifting, etc. - 8/31/2010 3:40:09 AM
  • I live in a high fire danger area next to open space behind and next to my house. Last year I cleared away over 50 feet of sagebrush on both sides of the house using just a shovel. It became my workout in addition to my bike riding. I think I lost at least half of my pounds just clearing the hill. - 6/20/2010 1:55:09 PM
  • GR8FLGRDNR
    Gardening and yard work are joys for me. I am happiest when I am outside digging in the soil or lugging something around or moving a plant or putting a new one in, you get the idea. Tomorrow I'm planting two trees and several perennials. I'll be dirty and tired afterward, but the reward of seeing them grow over the years and beautify our yard is well worth some dirt and a few aches...for me at least. - 3/21/2010 12:27:37 AM
  • Just a reminder that if you are working outside, don't drink from the hose unless it is rated for potable water, like the ones used to fill motorhome tanks. Of course, I used to drink gallons from the hose as a kid but I now know it isn't particularly safe. - 12/31/2009 2:25:11 PM
  • It's fall now. I live in an apartment & I'm able to have a flower garden but all of the heavy yard work is done by my landlords. One of them does landscaping & stuff on the side. But that's okay. I'm really not in shape for too much heavy work. But next spring I'm going to have a bigger garden.

    Kathy - 10/27/2009 2:36:03 AM
  • JAL138
    I live in an apartment myself but I love the opportunity to break my urban running routine and get out into the country to help in my grandmother's garden. It's a fun workout, a great change of scene and she feeds me too! - 9/11/2009 8:31:54 AM
  • This summmer is my first attempt at gardening. I love it. Getting out there in the yard and digging in the dirt really does it for me. I'm growing veggies that I am looking forward to eating soon. - 8/6/2009 3:22:17 PM

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