Mowing your grass has proven mind-body health benefits. There is something stress-reducing and meditative about pushing a mower back and forth across a patch of green. Additionally, it’s a practical way to burn serious calories – and, it won’t break the bank. So, find a different excuse to hire your neighborhood teen and save money on a lawn care service. Follow these tips and see why the grass is greener – and on your side – when you mow.
TLC through Repetition and Meditation
Back and forth, back and forth. When you focus on the repetitive movement of mowing, you naturally slip into a calmer state of mind. Additionally, the great outdoors helps promote a sense of wellbeing and focuses attention.
Build Cardiovascular Endurance
In terms of exercise, riding a mower is about as effective as watching the grass grow. However, mowing your lawn with any type of push mower contributes to the 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (or, depending on the mower, 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity) you should aim for each week.
An electric- or gas-powered mower gives you a moderate workout. To rev up your activity level, choose a mower without the self-propelled feature. Another, environmentally-friendly option is a manual reel mower. This quiet machine offers a vigorous workout, especially if you have a larger yard.
Mowing the grass helps cut burn calories. For instance, a 170-pound person pushing a mower for just 15 minutes burns approximately 93 calories – this equates to briskly walking a mile in the same amount of time. A manual reel mower burns even more calories, an exercise comparable to running.
Many gas mowers come equipped with loud motors; in fact, they are earsplitting enough to cause chronic and permanent hearing issues over time. Noise of this volume also increases fatigue, raises blood pressure, causes irritability and contributes to sleeping problems, even after the mowing stops. Comparatively, electric mowers tend to be much quieter and manual mowers are the quietest of all. If you opt for a loud mower, be sure to wear protective earmuffs or earplugs.
There are numerous reasons why people hire lawn services to manicure their yards. But the average annual cost for hiring out lawn care is between $750.00 and $800.00. Even with bargain basement prices – like tapping your teenaged neighbor to do the labor – it’s still cheaper to trim the grass yourself.
You don’t have to be a horticulturalist or know how to make snazzy grass designs like the cutters at the baseball park to enjoy the health and financial benefits of mowing your own lawn. Just be sure to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have before starting to mow. Otherwise, get out there and take back ownership of your yard – and your health!