Weeding – Now, this can really get your blood flowing. This one will work your body in a similar way to a cross-trainer machine. Focusing on the shoulder and arm muscles especially, but also giving your thighs and bottom a good workout too from all of the up and down movement and squatting. Just half an hour weeding can burn up to 150 calories.
Mowing – Trade the treadmill for a lawnmower and get yourself moving. If you have a manual push mower then you will get a real workout for your upper body too, but for most of us with petrol or electric-powered devices, it will mainly focus on legs and buttocks.
Raking – Just raking leaves for a quarter of an hour a week works up enough of a sweat to burn 63 calories—that’s 3,276 a year!
Digging -This can burn 197 calories in men and 150 calories in women per hour, so it all depends how long and how intensively you’re working in the garden. Swap the weight bench for a shovel and get lifting. It will activate almost every part of your body, but with more force than raking, making it more similar to using the weight machines in the gym.
Remember to be careful not to injure yourself. Good stretching is really necessary. Keep that in mind and you’ll be in good shape. And, like the gym, have a change of activity frequently, breaking up your activities every 15 minutes or so if you can.