The late Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Bob Felder criticized modern players for lifting weights. Growing up in an Iowa farm, Feller thought it would be pointless to spend hours walking around the house when you could get some meaningful wage work from the outside that really earned something. Think about it: Why do you revolve around the weight of a gym and cars or work on machines to keep your body functioning in such a natural way for thousands of years?
10 ways to burn a thousand calories and not even realize it
In fact, there is no challenge to your flexibility, strength, stability, and endurance more than working around the house, such as gardening or yard work. In addition, these movements better replicate the dynamics of everyday life. We rotate our bodies in every direction. It requires rotational motions in simple movements such as shingle leaves, weeding, digging holes, or installation of plants and shrubs. So by “training” your body this way, you counteract the effects of sitting more, making your body more lean and more resistant to injury.
Here are 10 household chores that burn as much calories as a workout.
Pete Williams is a NASM certified personal trainer and author and co-author of numerous books on performance and training.
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