does yardwork count as exercise?

Hello, and welcome back to another Sweating on Sunday topic. I finally am back to regular workout routines after a shoulder injury sidelined any upper body work, and then I was sick with what seemed like Covid, but I tested negative 3 times. I do still have a lingering cough and actually think it was Covid as I was directly exposed by a coworker. Anyhow, I had to quarantine and no one else was exposed by me. My husband and daughter also got sick, and also tested negative. If you are vaccinated you can get a breakthrough infection though it will be milder and you may not get enough of a viral load to test positive, and supposedly you can not spread it. This post may contain affiliate links.

This time of year, in Florida, I could literally do yardwork every single day for at least an hour. Between the garden, mowing, weed whacking, and all the trimming that constantly needs doing, my daily workout could be yardwork. Or, could it? Is yardwork exercise, or just being active? I know for me it is definitely exercise. My heart rate goes up, I get plenty hot and sweaty, and I burn calories according to my fitness watch. Now, for me I like to stay in the light to moderate intensity. range of exercise due to my Kidney Disease. I try to never hit the high or maximum heart rate zones. To find your maximum heart rate zone for exercise subtract your age from 220. I will be 52 in a couple of weeks so that makes my maximum heart rate 168. If you would like to read more about heart rate zones, click here.

Not only does your heart rate increase, but you also will be working various muscles while doing yardwork. Check out this Pinterest image to see which garden tools work which muscles. Or, this one to see the muscles used when mowing grass with a push mower. As you can see different tools work different muscles. It is best if you can do yardwork for at least 60 minutes. That is super easy for me. We have almost an acre of land, and half of it I use a push mower to mow. The other half my husband does with a riding mower which of course is not exercise at all.

The two short videos below explain it even better. The first video is from a homesteading gentleman who shows how he stays in shape working the homestead and using the various tools mentioned. The second video the gentleman actually shows his stats from his fitness watch after he mows his 3/4 of an acre yard, and figures out whether it was exercise or just activity. Be sure and watch it.

You may not need that expensive gym membership, after all. But, you may need to supplement if you only do yardwork once or twice a week. Health Buddy Melissa has not tested or used any of the products mentioned in the second video.

Make sure you rest if you need to and then start back up, drink plenty of water, and then cool off and relax when you are all done.

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Memory Care Monday: Acumen

Updated 12/6/2021: As I continue to edit these old posts from when I first started this blog, I am mindful that I really stunk at this, lol. If you are a member of my Mailchimp newsletter then last Wednesday you would have received a link to the current list of words where you can print it and write in the definitions. Or, you can just copy them to whatever journal option you are using. Once I get all of the old posts updated, I will move on until all 100 words are included. I will only add a new word each week, so it will take a while, plenty of time to learn and recall them all. My newsletter goes out every two weeks and I will include a new free worksheet monthly with simple ways, or games to remember the words. Make sure you sign up for my newsletter to participate.

We are at week 4, already.  If you are following along you should be on the fourth word, there are a hundred total.  You can find the other posts by looking in the archives.  Remember, you should be writing the word, and the definition 10 times, then say it out loud 10 times.  Each week also review the previous words by saying them out loud 10 times.  You could also write down synonyms, and antonyms for the word, to help remember even better.  There are of course lots of ways to improve your memory.  If that is a goal of yours, click the contact button, send me a message to discuss my health coaching services. The word for this week is Acumen. The video below will describe the word Acumen and some ways to use it in a sentence.

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