Mighty Mommy Monday – Yard Work Edition

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year! Join us!


We have lived in this house for 4 Falls now. This is the first one I’ve really had to do much with the yard. I didn’t do much the first year because I was pregnant and had activity restrictions. Every year since the wind had been our friend and blown the leaves away before I even thought about tackling them. Such was not my luck this year. Oh no.

For two weeks I’ve been battling the yard not only at our home, but also at our rental. HOURS of raking has been involved. And leaf blowing when I got too sore. I never realized how many muscles raking employs! Since I’m not really doing aerobics, I was surprised to discover soreness even in my calves and hips as though I’d been to a Zumba class!

Did you know that raking your lawn can burn up to 300 calories an hour {depending on your weight}? Bagging them also counts as a workout at 280 calories an hour. Suddenly I feel like a fool complaining about all that work! {I still have the blisters to whine about though.}

So as I raked, cleaned, hauled furniture, hiked around a Christmas tree farm today, I certainly earned my exercise! Sitting down to eat supper, my legs and arms ache… but fun fact, my arms are a little more toned now 🙂 As winter approaches, and along with it the Ohio snow, I know I’ll still be getting in a little exercise outside. For a person who weighs 155 pounds, an hour of snow shoveling will burn about 422 calories – the same as if you’d gone hiking for an hour!

Outside exercise isn’t all work though… once the shoveling is done, I’ll be sledding and building snowmen! Although I know people are dreading the return of the cold weather, I’m looking forward to fresh ways to challenge my muscles and stay active!

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