Did you hear?… Home, garden chores get you fit, brought to you by the makers of chain saws

With the official end of the summer upon us, it's your last chance to take advantage of all those home and garden chores to get you fit. This is what Husqvarna, the maker of power tools such as chain saws and weed-whackers, wants you to consider. Although we're not sure why power tools help you get fit. You know, leaf blowers instead of a broom. But we digress.
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With the official end of the summer upon us, it's your last chance to take advantage of all those home and garden chores to get you fit. This is what Husqvarna, the maker of power tools such as chain saws and weed-whackers, wants you to consider. Although we're not sure why power tools help you get fit. You know, leaf blowers instead of a broom. But we digress.

Not long ago, Husqvarna sent out some information co-authored by fitness expert Tina Vindum launching the "Outdoor Power! Lawn & Garden Fitness Program." The accompanying tagline got us pretty excited: "Trim your waist while you trim your weeds." Just think: No more weight-lifting, no more space-hogging home gyms, no more runs or ellipticals. Wow. Who needs all that when you can pick up a power tool (Husqvarna, of course) and get all the trimming and toning you need.

In case you are still making your shopping list and checking it twice, "Outdoor Power" has a list of "quality outdoor power products" to do all that trimming and toning. The list includes several types of push mowers (we agree, those will burn a few calories), tillers, trimmers and a couple of pruning shears and saws. (No, not electric ones, what WERE you thinking?). Wait, the list was supposed to be "power products;" these are manual…. They can't fool us.

Nevertheless, get your yard and garden mojo going with tips from Vindum, which include to stand up straight and to breathe right: "Inhale during the rest phases of your project, and exhale forcefully during the exertion phases."

Of course, it's true that manual yard work is indeed a workout. Husqvarna's site points out that if your yard is a third acre, you are walking about two miles every time you mow it with a push mower. But, oh yes, here comes the word from our sponsor: "Invest in quality equipment. Just as you would choose the proper shoes or weights for your workout, be sure the power equipment you're using is ergonomically designed for balance and comfort to reduce joint stress. Also look for equipment with low noise and emissions to benefit your personal environment."

We wonder what company's equipment we should look for?

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