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Work Out with Yard Work

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I joined SP in 2009. I can't remember when I added gardening to my fitness tracker, but it's there along with raking leaves, shoveling snow, etc. I took a screen print but don't know how to add that to comments. Report
I like doing hard work but it does make you sore. Report
I've gone over the Fitness tracker sometime ago and figured out a way to count yard work (maybe using slightly different terms). Also, I seem to recall it is possible to write in our own goals/exercise. Sorry I can't be more specific. I am not doing well at tracking lately and this is something I want to get back to. Report
I do yard work every week. Some of it is quite strenuous. You have this great article, now could you please make it an option on the fitness tracker? Report
I do yard work every weekend. Could someone please add it to the tracker? Report
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. Report
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? Report
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. Report
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! Report
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! Report
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!! Report
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! Report
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. Report
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. Report

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