Reel mowers are an enduring trend supporting our effort to adopt environmentally friendly lawn and garden care practices.
The Reel Workout
By Stacy Walters
It’s no surprise that reel mowers are a smart choice for your lawn, your health, your budget and the environment. Reel mowers provide a clean precise cut, are low maintenance, and do not include an engine. No engine means no more trips to the gas station or hardware store for gas, oil, or spark plugs.
In addition to all of these benefits, using a reel mower is great exercise! What an excellent opportunity to add to your cardiovascular exercise for the day and burn calories. While enjoying the sunshine and admiring your gardens as you walk by, you will actually be burning between 400-500 calories per hour.
To assist your calorie-burning efforts, the StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics making it 40% easier to push than other reel mowers. This technology helps you get more done with less effort allowing you to efficiently maneuver while expending the optimum amount of calories.
To get the most out of your mowing workout, consider these biomechanical guidelines.
- Engage your core throughout the entire range of motion. In other words, actively pull your naval in toward your spine to protect your back. This is particularly important while pulling or turning the mower.
- Use your legs and hips as the vehicle to drive the movement. Your upper body should be more of the brace that makes contact with the mower, and your lower body is the “engine”.
- Maintain proper posture while mowing. Avoid rounding your back and putting your body weight into it. This position can be dangerous for your back and is not the most efficient way to burn calories. Maintain an upright posture while mowing with a slight bend in your elbows and shoulders relaxed.
In addition to the aerobic workout, pushing a reel mower builds muscular strength and endurance. Every major muscle group in the body is recruited during a mowing workout. Strengthening the mowing-specific muscles will also assist you in other lawn and garden care activities.
Keep these general tips in mind whenever you’re working in your lawn or garden
- Always wear close-toed shoes
- Avoid the heat of the day
- Wear sun protection
- Stay well hydrated
- Use proper biomechanics