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Fit Friday: Yard Work

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Physical activity of any kind is beneficial, and getting outside for fresh air and a little lawn clean up is no exception.

"You not only get some cardiovascular strength and endurance, but you are also getting some muscle strength and endurance. We have machines that help us quite a bit, but if you have to dig out a bush, absolutely you are engaging all of those muscles," says Gundersen Wellness Coach Linda Larson.

People are advised to do yard work appropriate to their fitness level. Pushing a lawn mower up and down hill will get your heart rate up, but some people may need a self propelled mower.

Just getting outside to survey what needs to be done helps to make a person more active. Anytime something new is introduced to a person's daily routine, like yard work, it is important to start slowly since your body won't be accustom to it.
One thing to note is to stay hydrated. As the summer quickly approaches it can be easy to forget the toll the sun can have.

 Larson also says, "Listen to your body, and if you do suspect a problem, never hesitate to call for help." This will go a long way to making the grass greener for both your home and your health.

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