The temperature dropped into the 70’s.  We had several refreshing rain showers.  We don’t use any pesticides or herbicides in our yard, especially Round Up.   Consequently, my flower beds were pathetically loaded with Bermuda grass — the kind that has runners that can be four or five feet away.  So, I spent a couple of hours pulling weeds and this lifestyle exercise felt great!  Yard work is an excellent  workout.  Besides saving money, you might be impressed with and enjoy these benefits from typical outdoor or household chores:

  • All the major muscle groups get used.  Squatting engages the legs for support and the core for balance.  Digging and trimming engages the arms and shoulders.
  • Sunshine boosts Vitamin D production.  20 minutes of sunshine at “solar noon”-the time of day when your shadow is shorter than you are-gives your body the rays it needs to manufacture Vitamin D3.
  • Your body burns lots of calories! Mowing with a push mower can burn around 400 calories per hour.
  • You get lots of natural stretching.  Spreading mulch, for example, is a great way to stretch, bend, and work your muscles.  I learned this first-hand when we planted a Back to Eden Garden last spring.
  • You can get your heart pumping.  Many common chores, like washing windows, gets your heart rate up.  Research shows that just 30 minutes a day of aerobic movement to rev up your heart rate can help you LIVE YOUNGER.

Current medical research recommends at least 300 minutes of moderate exercise a week for every adult to maintain a smaller waist circumference and lower blood sugar levels.  START SOMEWHERE digging, planting, weeding, mulching, trimming, cleaning— the possibilities are endless!  I think of it as “taking the long cut.”  Being physically active can be as effective in preventing lifestyle diseases as trips to the gym.  Rake in the benefits of lifestyle exercise as a work out.  Let’s LIVE YOUNGER together!

Lifestyle Exercise

Lifestyle Exercise