with a brand new problem... a bit of sciatica... i find walking in the morning literally makes the pain go away for the entire day. i never think about it much, but San Diego is technically a desert. i don't know how i could ever go back to waking up some mornings and having to deal with rain ... or worse.
Looking for a workout? Try being a lumberjack. I had 3 tall dying Ashe trees to take down. The first two came down relatively easy ( gas chain saw). But I broke the clutch on the saw so today the 3rd one came down Paul Bunyan style with an axe & bow saw. The pictures are too big to post, but here’s my cardio tracked on my Apple Watch.
my dad used to scrounge up some interesting tools. one i grew up with was a huge two-man saw. he found it with a broken handle and it was a simple job to him to fabricate a new one. never took down a vertical tree, but was a staple around the house in sawing up horizontal ones + a good deal of railroad ties we had to notch to make a retaining wall. chopping and sawing wood is a great workout where you actually get something done at the same time.
from the NIH Library of Medicine....
"Each year over 3 million new chainsaws are sold in the United States. The operation of these newer saws combined with the millions of older chainsaws in circulation results in over 28,000 chainsaw-related injures annually."
i've never used a chain saw, but when i have the table saw going... or anything else with sharp rotating blades... i'm extremely safety minded, always wear safety glasses and plan ahead.