Archive for June 22, 2007

I needed an outlet for my historical blogging needs so I opened a new blog here at WordPress at

http://thehistorydump.wordpress.com

I didn’t want to bore all those who check my blog for weight loss advice with long discussions of slavery and slave patrols.  So if you are interested swing on by  and leave a few comments.

Here is a copy of the inaugural post on my new blog…

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How about these two tips for a healthier lifestyle.

1. Park far away. Let those other lazy louts fight it out for the spot next to the handicap space and ten feet from the main entrance. Park your car on the opposite side of the lot. Not only is it healthier to walk the extra distance across the Wal-mart parking lot, it will lessen the stress of fighting for a parking space close to the door.

Want to go the extra mile? Ditch the cart, it’s for wimps and the elderly.  Try carrying that 40lbs bag of dog food and that 25lb package of cat litter to your car.

2. Turn yard work into a workout.  Sure working around the yard already burns calories, but you can make it burn more.  For example, my most recent back yard jobs involves hauling rocks from one side of the yard to the other.  I was using a wheel barrel, but it broke due to the weight of the rocks.  So what am I doing now?

Well I ditched that broken wheel barrel and put those two kitty litter buckets to use.  Consequently, hauling rock has become a full body workout.   How so you ask?!

  1. Shoveling gravel into the empty buckets involves the lower back, the abs, and the arms.  It takes about 8 to 9 shovels full of gravel (about 3-4lbs per shovel full) to fill one bucket.
  2. Then picking up both buckets and carrying them to the desired location is the equivalent of a farmers walk with 40-50 lbs in each hand.  For extra credit focus on form and try not to let your shoulders droop.  If you feel like it throw in a few shrugs between points A and B.
  3. I Set down those buckets and I am very careful not to let them just spill on the ground.  I pick one bucket up to waist level as I would in a dead lift and empty it by carefully turning it over with both hands.  Can you say upper body workout?  Repeat with the second bucket.

When all is said and done I moved 40 bucket loads.  So that equates to 320 shovels full of gravel (well over a thousand pounds of gravel according to my math), about twenty farmer’s walks across the yard with 80-100 lbs total in hand, and 40 reps of emptying those buckets.

Yard work can make an excellent exercise if you think it through and try to turn simple yard chores into exercises that you are familiar with.

***Here is the caveat.  Always talk with a doctor before beginning or attempting a new fitness regimen.   I am not responsible if you try any of the crazy hair brained workouts I use on a day-to-day basis that are contained in this post.***