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10 Crazy Alternatives To Get Fit If You Hate The Gym

Image of female farmer sowing seed in the garden

2. Work in the Garden

Gardening is peaceful, solitary and good for the soul.

It’s also a heck of a workout if you focus on your body as much as you’re focusing on the plants.

If you love gardening, you won’t need much motivation to get out there and tend to your green things, and you’ll burn 184 calories in just a half hour.

As a double bonus, gardening is a great way to strengthen and tone your major muscle groups, like your abs, back and glutes.

Instead of getting on your hands and knees to pull weeds, do it from a standing position.

As you bend down from the waist, legs slightly bent, engage your abs. Rise back up slowly, abs still engaged, your hands at your sides.

Bring your arms up over your head, exhale all the way and contract your abs ten times in quick succession. Dump your weeds in the wheelbarrow and go back for more.

You can also do squats as you weed. With your feet shoulder-width apart, lower yourself into a squat, keeping your core engaged. Pull the weeds and slowly move back into a standing position, and repeat.

Paying attention to the muscles you’re working as you putter in the garden can help you figure out ways to engage those muscles more effectively.

For example, if you’re watering, hold the nozzle in one hand and part of the hose in the other and perform oblique twists, or do arm and leg extensions when you’re on your hands and knees mulching, planting or thinning.

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