Looking for a new workout? Look no further than your lawn. Yard clean up is an excellent way to burn up some calories, especially before that tempting winter hibernation hits. But how many calories do you burn toting around weed trimmers and raking up leaves? A lot more than you might think! Read on to find out the best yard-clean up/autumn exercises that will burn the most calories while tidying up your lawn. It’s a win-win!
1. Mow the lawn
Yes, we realize the snow has already flown, but when that warm autumn sun hits the grass, it still carries a lot of heat. As long as your grass keeps growing, it’s a good idea to keep it trimmed. Mowing is a great cardio blast and can burn up to 400 calories an hour by simply pushing that mower across the lawn. While self-propelled mowers are convenient, try using a manual mower, and you’ll burn even more calories. And, for an even better bonus workout, throw in some lunges in between steps! Those thigh, glutes and core muscles will feel the burn!
2. Rake the leaves
There are still a few straggling leaves left on those skeletal trees! Raking is a great upper back and arm work out, as you’ll burn around 300 calories per hour. Cleaning and burning off extra fat? Yes, please! Be sure to switch raking sides, as you want to get an equal shoulder burn on both arms. Add in some weight lifting by hoisting those giant bags of leaves into a wheelbarrow and trudging around the yard with it, and it’s a complete workout.
3. Trim the hedges
While it’s tempting to resort to gas-powered trimmers, you’ll get a better burn if you manually trim those overgrown bushes spilling into the walkways. Trimming targets your forearm and shoulder muscles, and is sure to chisel you in time for your Superman Halloween costume, wink, wink. Torch up to 230 calories an hour by taming those hedges.
4. Weed the garden
It’s true that your garden is about to hibernate like most of the rest of the vegetation on the block, but it’s nice to get it ready for next spring before the snow flies. And, with the added bonus burn of 130 calories per half-hour, weeding becomes even more intriguing Weeding is great for your body as you’re encouraging all sorts of muscle-groups to engage like your back, glutes, legs and arms. It’s a win all around.
5. Chop some firewood
Nothing feels more empowering (or truly Canadian) than chopping at some wood so you can fuel your fireplace – either indoor or outdoor. If you want to brave the chilly weather (which we know you do because you’re tough enough to be chopping firewood!), you can incinerate a whopping 250 calories per half-hour hacking away at some wood, and you’re also engaging all kinds of muscles, most notably, your core, back, arm and leg muscles.
Stay safe out there
As with any workout, it’s important that you stay hydrated and well-stretched. The last thing you– or your waiting yard– wants is for you to get hurt trying to clean up your property. Also, make sure the area you’re “working out” in is safe, with no hazards like errant children, broken glass or refuse. And, always, always read the user’s manual for every piece of equipment you operate. It’s never fun to be surprised by moving equipment.
If this autumn exercise routine seems a bit much, we can always come give you a hand. Give us a call if you want a “spotter” and a crew to come clean up your yard before true winter arrives.