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MISSRUTH's Photo MISSRUTH Posts: 5,045
11/3/19 6:36 A

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In the Fitness Tracker, there is an entry for "Gardening", you could use that. For me, it gives a calorie burn of a little better than 3 calories per minute. Sometimes I think the "gardening" I'm doing isn't all that vigorous (picking up fallen branches & sticks, deadheading flowers, etc). Yeah, I'm bending and stooping and squatting, but it's more light to moderate type stuff. Not cardio but I'm moving around and doing some strength training type things. So I set up my own entry and called it "Yard Work", with a minimal calorie burn per minute. Gives me a way to keep track of the fact that I spent an hour or two or three working outside.

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11/2/19 9:03 P

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It wouldn't count as cardio as that would definitely require a higher heart rate, BUT...it IS kind of a Strength Training exercise especially on the core and lower back! If you think of it as a modified "Farmers Carry" or Farmers Hold then it would count as that. I don't know... It certainly means carrying quite a bit of weight in terms of wet leaves or at least damp most times to one side of you. It takes core strength to keep upright somewhat. I certainly have had lower back pain the last couple days after finishing my leaves. lol Oh well, I just counted the actual raking myself.

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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 30,970
11/2/19 3:20 P

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I have done that… And it does not increase my heart rate so I do not count as cardio. I would just consider it bonus calories burned

Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 11/2/2019 (15:21)
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11/1/19 7:23 P

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It's a Toro Leaf blower. You have a leaf bag attached to the leaf blower and instead of blowing the leaves off your lawn, you are vacuuming them up and bagging them. They can be dry or heavy wet leaves but dry is easier lol. It is a lot of work though but more on the side of strength exercises instead of cardio. I did do some raking too though.


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NIRERIN Posts: 14,682
11/1/19 6:42 P

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Is it comparable to a snowblower?

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CMRKSU12's Photo CMRKSU12 Posts: 1,506
11/1/19 5:40 P

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I have a blower/vac for my leaves. I vacuum them up and they get ground up for use in my garden as mulch (free and plentiful lol!) This is a lot of work but is great exercise! I just don't know what to call it. Raking lawn? It's not really all raking just some. I don't do it every day like dishes which I don't count.

Thanks in advance!

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