Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A reel form of exercise

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing - that’s why we recommend it daily. —Zig Ziglar

It feels like cheating to say I worked in the yard with Scotty rather than working out with Orlando. But it was still exercise.

I was left ... I have to say it... reeling.

30 minutes mowing, 30 minutes weeding.

    According to Iowa State:
  • Digging and spading in the garden gives a moderate to heavy intensity workout. It involves muscles in the upper body, back,and legs. Women doing this activity burn 150 calories in a 30 minute period, men burn 197.

  • Mowing with a push reel mower gives a high intensity workout involving the whole body. Women burn 181 calories in 30 minutes, men burn 236.

  • Weeding the flower beds and vegetable garden gives the legs,hips, buttocks, and hamstrings a moderate workout if we stoop while we weed. Women burn 138 calories every 30 minutes, men burn 181.

7 comments:

Reb said...

Lovely back yard! Reel mowers are lots of fun.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I agree, gorgeous yard.

How many calories does one burn by sitting in a lounge chair and enjoying the pretty view?

marie said...

I have yard envy.

My neighbours throw garbage in mine :(

Merry said...

Reb, that's true. It is fun, except for that part where I have to mow uphill and around a corner. That's not so much fun, but good exercise.

Crabby? You need to factor in the calories expended by lifting the glass of lemonade to your lips. That can be a lot of work when you're very relaxed ;)

Marie -- your neighbors do what??? They can't be real Canadians; that's Not Nice.

Xenia said...

It's pretty cool when you can kill two birds with one stone...so to speak.

Did Tanji help with the weeding?

McB said...

See, you don't need fancy gyms and workout routines when you are a home owner. Plenty of both cardio and free weight opportunities.

Keziah Fenton said...

Ky always helps me weed b chewing the individual blades of grass which of course only makes the root stronger. I want a reel mower.

Ten days and counting...