According to the American Council on Exercise, gardening can burn up to 300 calories per hour. Working in the yard for 30 minutes on most days of the week meets exercise recommendations to lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain cancers.

Try a few of our bonus exercises to kick up the intensity of your yard work. Not only will your body look and feel great, but you’ll have one of the most well-kept yards in the neighborhood.

ADD WEIGHT: Mow the lawn wearing ankle weights or pick apples wearing wrist weights.

PICK UP THE PACE: Run or lunge across the yard instead of walking.

SQUAT DEEPER: Instead of bending over to pull those weeds, try a wide legged sumo squat. This will target your inner thighs and buttocks versus your back.

USE YOUR LEGS: Always use your legs instead of your back for heavy lifting. This prevents debilitating back injuries.

Casey Crozier