Sunday, November 8, 2009

Monday's Move of the Week

The Move: Raking (yes…as in raking leaves)

You can burn a lot of calories without stepping foot into the gym. A great way to kill two birds with one stone this time of year is to rake your yard. Raking uses a bunch of different muscle groups which makes it a great calorie burning workout. You can burn 250 to 400 calories depending on how hard you are raking! If that's not a reason to get outside to get those leaves out of your yard, I don't know what is!

Muscles Worked: Back, Core, Arms

Trainer Tips:

  • Relax your shoulders while raking to ensure that no extra stress is put on the neck.
  • Pull your abdominals in tight to get an even greater core workout.

Make ‘em Harder: Raking with a heavier rake will up the calorie burn of this great exercise/lawn care activity as well will bagging the leaves by hand.


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