I wish I had a large garden to putter around in! But in Malaysia, land is very expensive so most houses have teeny tiny yards. To make matters worse, my parents have tiled most of the garden. Easier to maintain, they said, don't have to cut grass all the time.
I can't argue because I can't afford my own place.
Personally, I only count intentional exercise that gets my heart rate into the cardio zone (60% to 85% of MHR) as cardio. Housework and exterior house maintenance, including gardening are part of a more active lifestyle.
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4/19/12 9:03 P
Thank you for the suggestions -- especially the ones on how to find and manage gardening as custom exercise. Tomorrow I am putting down turf and planting grass. Its good to hear from you all.
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13,957 4/19/12 11:29 A
I agree with Elengel... I choose the activities that I do from home activities but know that it is a rough estimate... I am sure the pace I do most of those activities is not as intense as what that is calculating. And if something I have done just doesn't fit into something listed I choose whatever is closest! (like if I move rocks for 20 minutes I might pick move heavy boxes since that is the best description)...
4/19/12 10:14 A
listed cardio and so I include it in my exercise this time of year.
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2,323 4/19/12 8:57 A
I consider it my day off. A day that I don't have to do inside exercises that are in sets. That makes me feel much better and more willing to go back to 'exercising'
There's an entry for gardening, but the estimate is WAY high from what I can tell. If I do serious digging, I put it under gardening but only list half the number of minutes I actually did. More often, I just count it as a custom exercise for zero calories. That way I get the "minutes" but it doesn't affect my calorie differential reports or my weekly calories burned goal.
4/18/12 11:53 P
If you go to the 'browse' tab under the cardio, there's "home activities' which include, among other things, heavy digging, gardening, farm work, mowing lawns, raking, etc. You can pick one of those, but all of it will be very rough estimating.
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974 4/18/12 8:00 P
Raking leaves and cutting down scrub oak can be a workout for sure
Edited by: ANNEV2012 at: 4/18/2012 (20:02)
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4/18/12 7:52 P
Now that the weather has improved, I rototilled my back yard garden area, pulled weeds from around the irises, pulled weeds from my strawberries and lugged 2 big bags of turf to the front yard. Whew! I know lots of energy was spent and I'm not ready to do other exercises tonight. How can I measure the energy spent? Is it strength training, cardio, or what?
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