Do Some Yard Workout

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Want to kill two birds with one stone? Then get to work -- yard work, that is. We're talking about taking your exercise regimen outside and getting back to the basics. It is possible to whittle your waistline while doing your daily household chores, especially in the great outdoors. Doing yard work is actually a breath of fresh air for those people who are most active in the gym or in the house.

Mowing the lawn, raking leaves, gardening, shoveling dirt and picking weeds result in big-time calories burned. For a person who weighs about 155 pounds, mowing the lawn with a push mower for an hour burns 387 calories, while raking the lawn burns 281 calories. A 150-pound individual gardening will weed out about 272 calories an hour. Planting a tree for 60 minutes? You'll burn 238 calories getting to the root of things. Putting your green thumb to the test by digging, spading, filling the garden or composting?