Question: I need to catch upon the work in my garden and in my yard. Would doing yard work be comparable to working out if I were to take time away from the gym?
Answer: Yard work and working in the garden can be strenuous, tiring and a good activity. It burns more calories than you would spend at your desk while at work if your job is sedentary. It may be comparable to being in the gym though, if what you actually do in the gym is workout.
There is a difference between working out and training. So, if you go to the gym, hit a few sets and engage in conversation, that’s working out. If you then head to the treadmills, tune into the television set and stroll while you hold onto the handles, then you’re working out. If you carry on on a conversation as you do your cardio, then you’re working out. If any of those scenario’s are typical of your training then, sure, go ahead and take the time off the gym to do yard work. You might even burn more calories and be more productive than you are in the gym.
Working out is not the most effective way to reach a goal. If you want more, you don’t have to train as if you have to compete the next day, but it helps to maintain a sense of urgency in order to see real results. If you have a plan of attack when you reach the gym and are motivated in your approach to the plan, then you’re training. If you are fatigued at the end of a set and push for one more rep, then you’re training. If you’re on the treadmill, isolated, full incline, not holding on and walking at a full stride, then you’re training. If that describes your style in the gym, then yard work is not a viable substitute for your gym time. Get your yard work done and enjoy the break from your routine but don’t plan on it making up for missing training time.
God bless and keep… training,