The great thing about yard work during the Fall is that you don’t have to toil in the blistering heat. The days may be cooler, but as the weather is turning – so is the shape of your yard. This means it’s time to get down and dirty. You can keep your yard, as well as yourself, in shape with some functional workouts. Functional workouts (those mimicking real life) are best since you are breaking a sweat while completing a task, such as yard work – giving you a feeling of extra fulfillment.
Make a list of all the chores you need to do in the yard. Divide these chores into 30-minute sessions and you will have your workouts planned. If you just want to follow what others are already doing, have a look at these top yard workouts for Fall.
Mowing the Lawn
Mowing the lawn can be a full body workout. Not only will you be pushing some weight around and managing the balance, but it will improve your endurance as well. In this case, you have to use an actual mower and not the mowing tractor.
Do Some Trimming
Grab your manual cutters and play Edward Scissorhands with the hedges. The cutter will also carry some weight, and moving up and down to reach the tricky spots will have your arms and legs burning. Believe it or not, one hour of trimming the hedges can burn over 200 calories.
Start Your Own Fire
Get ready for the cold weather by fetching and prepping your own firewood. Don’t buy the pre-packaged batches, but pay a visit to the woods and do some serious axing. This is surely a full body workout that will leave you with a sense of accomplishment.
In order to get the most out of your leaf-workout, alternate your movements when raking the leaves. Rake from right to left and vice-versa. Make sure the rake is in front of your body to maximize the shoulder workout. Make the routine a little more advanced by raking on a windy day.
Get the Heavy Hose
Instead of using a small watering can to water your plants, use the big heavy hose. This hose mimics a rope workout in a way by requiring extra effort to move the hose weight around. Also, be sure not to leave the hose lying around; roll it up afterwards for an added arm-burn.