“Gardening requires bending, twisting, reaching, pushing, pulling, and hinging,” says Mike Clancy, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. These are all functional strength moves. This means that the strength you build while gardening translates to daily life — unlike performing isolation moves at the gym. Clancy says that the typical 180-pound man will burn 300–500 calories per 90 minutes of yard work. For an extra burn, ditch the wheelbarrow and carry those mulch bags across the lawn.