As it turns out, mowing the lawn has health benefits for both your body and your mind. There’s something meditative about pushing a lawnmower back and forth across the backyard, and it’s a practical, inexpensive way to fit in an extra weekly workout to burn some calories.
Calm your mind
Focusing on the repetitive motion of mowing will help you to slip into a calmer state of mind and the green surroundings will promote a sense of well-being and restore attention.
Mowing the lawn with a push mower or petrol- or electric-powered lawnmower can equate to a moderate workout. To maximise the benefits consider an old-fashioned manual reel-mower (they are cheaper to maintain and quieter too) and this will provide a vigorous workout.
Cutting the grass helps smash those calories. To estimate how many use this formula: (remembering that there is 454g in a pound if you need to convert)
Divide your weight in pounds by 2.2
Multiply this answer by 0.08 (for a power mower)
Multiply this answer by the number of minutes spent mowing
For example, a 150-pound person pushing a power mower for 15 minutes expends about 82 calories – comparable to briskly walking a mile (1.6kms) in the same amount of time. A manual mower burns even more calories, comparable to running.
Based on the research of Nick Lavidis, PhD, a neuroscientist at the University of Queensland, the scent of freshly cut lawn may act as stress relievers. So get out the lawn mower as a de-stresser, for better mental health.
Don’t forget to wear the appropriate clothing, footwear, eye protection, ear protection and hat to ensure you are safe and don’t undo all your good work.
No point burning off all those calories and giving your cardio a boost if you’re then in bed for days with heatstroke.
To learn more about the benefits of turf contact the team at Harden Park Lawns.