Raking leaves is a perfect opportunity to get outside during the nice fall weather and get a little exercise.
Raking leaves is a moderate physical activity that can build upper-body and core strength.
Before you begin, a good warmup is in order. Raking uses nearly all the muscles in your body–arms, chest, shoulders, legs, and back.
Take a short walk about the yard, do a few arm circles, and stretch your legs and back.
Be sure to switch sides every now and again to prevent overuse injuries.
Don’t overfill the bags so that they become heavy to lift and move. Moving heavy bags can cause a strain on your back muscles.
If you’re stiff and sore after raking your leaves, a good neuromuscular massage may be just what you need before the next big wind leaves your yard full again.