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post #1 of 10 Old 01-21-2011, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Woodworking in Great Exercise!

If you're like me, you *hate* going to the gym/working out.

Naturally I want to stay in shape, but standard exercise is monotonous and boring. Since I've gotten into woodworking, I can honestly say I'm getting a decent workout from it!

Hauling all the lumber around, constantly moving pieces and tools, assembling it, etc. It really is a great workout!! Just one more reason to love it.

Anyone else use WW as their primary form of exercise?? lol
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It's better than cable, sure, but if you wanna stay fit it ain't enough. In my stack of back issues, there's an excellent article that claims just working on the construction site or in the shop always ignores certain types of conditioning. So you pickup lumber, but how often do you do pullups? Sustained cardio? What about just stretching? Use it or lose it. Stand up straight. It usually feels straight to ourselves, but viewed from the side against the wall, most of us slump leading to that old stooped over waddle in our later years.


In the woodshop I only use a small portion of my body and that's still true even when I'm climbing ladders with roofing.

From Fine Homebuilding 156, pp. 84-89
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I do go to the gym but I don't really spend enough time there to get everything I need. I also look for the workout opportunities in my daily life and have been getting more out of woodworking lately.

I did a lot of hand sanding on my last project and I thought it was good exercise. I'm now practicing with the hand plane but I haven't gotten it down yet.

I burn a lot of calories splitting wood for the wood stove. I have a woodsplitter, but he's only six and can't lift the axe over his head.

Throwing lumber around is good, too, but it eventually strains my bad wrist.

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If you're like me, you *hate* going to the gym/working out.

Naturally I want to stay in shape, but standard exercise is monotonous and boring. Since I've gotten into woodworking, I can honestly say I'm getting a decent workout from it!

Hauling all the lumber around, constantly moving pieces and tools, assembling it, etc. It really is a great workout!! Just one more reason to love it.

Anyone else use WW as their primary form of exercise?? lol
If you want to add to your woodworking workout, buy a chainsaw and a mill and head to the woods...Now "that" is a workout. PS...Haven't done any of that since I got old.

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At work, I used to do curls with 1.5" X 12' barstock. All kinds of exercises you can do with the things just laying around in the shop.

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When your young you can carry, lift or hold anything and any weight as you get older you try to work smarter the result is you get less of a workout.
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Muscle memory.........they get used to whatever the chore is at hand.As has been mentioned;yeah it can be a workout but you get lazy(in a good way)and figure out how to lift,carry,ect.....with the least amt of effort.And may not be addressing certain areas of fitness.

Having abused my back for WAY too long,have resorted to yoga.Its made a noticible difference........to the point that I don't see me not doing it.Best of luck,BW
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I do like to go to the gym. My routine includes strength, flexibility and cardio training.
I find that staying fit allows me to do more in the shop, as far as standing, lifting, bending, etc and makes my time out there that much more enjoyable and productive.

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I've been working out for several years and recently have started to do woodworking to actually use my fitness for something.

I think a big thing is to use strength training to complement woodworking and the physical activities we do in general.

To me, that's doing a lot of back and grip exercises and core. My first project was a work bench. I had no clamps and was cramping up just trying to brace two pieces of wood while trying to drill a screw in.

If you're interested, here's an article on strength training and woodworking. http://www.chroniclesoffitness.com/get-fit-like-a-shipwright/
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Actually my woodshop doubles as a gym. I work out every morning in the shop. Unless I'm on the road for a run...
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