I was working in the yard over the weekend where I was preparing for the end of fall and the beginning of winter to arrive. I took notice of all the multi colored leaves scattered on the ground as well as the shrubbery bulging with angular branches and although it looked festive it also left a huge mess. You probably know what I’m talking about if you’re from New England and have started similar tasks to get ahead of the frost, which will surely freeze the earth to ice.
I’ve always been well aware of the importance of these chores but what I didn’t realize is the great workout that can be utilized during autumn primping and preening! You’d be surprised by the amount of calories one can burn in only a half hour’s work of outdoor raking, weeding and other relatable undertakings. The bending, stretching and pulling all works crucial muscles and is just as effective as bench pressing in a gym or taking a cardio class. These activities can be ideal for supporting a stronger body and assisting with weight loss efforts in a fun and flexible manner.
If you’re interested in trying this new approach to promoting a healthier and fitter you, try these simple home and garden projects that will get you started! You’re yard won’t be the only one who’ll be looking good this season!
- Raking Leaves
Burning calories is a snap when you pick up a rake because it’s estimated that a person can fire off over 300 in only an hours worth of work. You might want to keep in mind that the process of bagging them will charge up to another 100-200 calories.
- If That Snowflake Should Fall Before Christmas
Look-it’s just part of the package when you live in the northeast that a few flakes can fall before the official start of winter. In this case, don’t be too upset about it because you can eliminate around 600-700 calories in just less than one hour. If it’s the heavy, wet, stuff, tack on another 100- 150 calories.
- Pruning Shrubs
You might not think this involves a lot of movement but in reality, holding a pair of shears and snapping away scraggily limbs can do a lot for your physique. Muscles are easily flexed and strengthened during a single half hour of this activity and can leave your arms in a firmer toned state than before.
I’ve mentioned this in other summer blogs but this is so effective, it warrants re-mentioning. Weeding is a wonderful way to give your legs and arms more flexibility as well as exercising fine motor skills. Calories burned in one hour of this chore can equal over 250 and can also stimulate relaxing hormones that will leave you in a happier frame of mind.