How doing your own house work may be good for your fitness

I was mowing the lawn the other day, and I realised how much of a workout it was. I have a big yard with lots of grass and trees, so it usually takes me about 3 hours to finish mowing the lawn without assistance. By the end of those 3 hours I am tired and I can feel it in my legs and I am usually sweating like a pig by that time ( you should note that I do not usually sweat even on hot days).

You see doing your own house work if you have the time has two advantages, the first being that it provides a good workout whether its cardio or providing muscular tension, and two being that you save the money you would have paid someone else to do it for you.

how does doing your own house work provide exercise

  • Mowing you own lawn if you don’t have that quad-bike type lawn-mower is very good for your whole body fitness but especially good for your legs, because you are constantly moving and pushing around a heavy object which provides a workout. If your yard is on an incline there is even more force for you to apply to the lawn mower because gravity is against you. I usually go forwards and I walk backwards and pull the lawnmower (instead of turning to change direction) when I’m cutting grass, which provides a great calf workout
  • Doing other garden work, like digging, removing stones or rocks can be a great  workout as using certain garden tools requires you to use a force to get the work done, so your heart rate increases which is good and muscles you normally do not use are activated.
  • Doing non-physical garden work has a relaxing effect, and that is good for your health too because mental health is as important as physical health. 

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