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Is Yard Work Good Exercise?   no comments

Posted at 11:18 pm in heart rate monitor,pressure

So I wondered if I was getting any exercise the other day while pressure washing my fence with my new heavy-duty DeWalt $1000 pressure cleaner. I knew that if I wore my Polar fitness watch and my heart rate showed as above 125 bpm it could be considered aerobic activity. Which would confirm that yard work is good exercise. Let me tell you how the trial went.

Now I knew off the bat that pressure washing wouldn’t be as good of exercise as something more physical like lawn mowing. But there is still a good force pushing back on you and you need to counter that with some core muscle. Overall the job was going to take about 1 hour. The heart rate monitor would consistently track my heart rate but I would just look at it a few times.

I took my resting rate at 70 bpm then got started wheeling the washer out of the garage and plugging in the correct hosing. Ten minutes in my heart rate was only at 90 bpm. Thirty minutes in it was at 95 bpm.

At this point I thought something wasn’t working so I put the washer wand and gun down and did a quick run around. HR went up to 130 within 1 minute. Ten minutes more of cleaning and it was back down to 95 bpm. At this stage I gave up the idea that pressure cleaning was very good exercise.

So there you have it. Yard work can be good exercise but it depends on the type of exercise. Like that article recommends, use a pushy lawnmower if you want some good yard work exercise.

Written by admin on April 6th, 2014