Good evening readers. I have just got in from a hard day shifting gravel for my brother in law. We moved 2 tons of the stuff in a couple of hours and I have to say, boy is it a good workout. But why do you think this is.
Firstly, I reckon that the sheer consistency of the work builds a lot of endurance and fitness. If you are constantly shoveling and shifting and carrying for several hours, you are going to end up fitter in an endurance aspect than you were before.
Something else that may be overlooked is that manual labour is a full body workout. Many people who go to the gym with the goal of getting fit and strong will end up isolating muscles on machines, or with isolation exercises using free weights. This leads to muscle imbalances and possibly can lead to joint troubles.
You may end up, from going to the gym, with what people call chicken legs. But let me tell you, carrying sacks of cement (A practical kind of farmers walk.) and lifting rolls of wire and plastic are going to leave you strong as an ox all over.
This is because you are using your whole body to lift, carry, dig, break, and so on. The time under strain is often much greater than that with a gym workout, You will build up your cardiovascular endurance through shifting barrow loads of cement and gravel, and doing other things like climbing ladders. Also, in a lot of situations, you will be in the great outdoors.
Last, but certainly not least, you get payed to do it!
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