“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln
To be 100% candid, it’s debated among scholars whether or not this quote was actually given by Abraham Lincoln, but at any rate there are three tips we can learn from it today.
For those of you who have never had the ‘privilege’ of chopping wood with an axe, let’s go over some fun facts. According to the Harvard Health Publication, chopping wood can burn anywhere from 200 to 400 calories in 30 minutes time, according to this particular publication that would be comparable to spending 30 minutes on a stair stepper (Harvard Health).
Here is a small list of the muscles used when chopping wood:
-Spinal Erectors (back muscles)
The list goes on for a while, but it’s fair to say this one exercise covers quite a few areas of the body with one fell stroke (see what I did there?).
Everyone should go to the bar as often as possible. In fact, the more you go, the more you will benefit. If you think this sounds too good to be true, it isn’t! We might just be thinking of different bars. Today we’re talking about going to the barbell!
Before you click away, look at just a few things lifting weights can and will do for you when done consistently and with good form:
-Increase Bone Mineral Density
-Increase Joint Health
-Increase Stability and Balance
-Increase Muscle Tone (think round glutes and six-pack abs)
-Increase Mental Strength
My name is Trevor Bridges and I own and operate Nikao Strength and Conditioning alongside my wife in Tulsa, OK. I hold a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science, have a level one Sports Performance Coach certificate from USAW, and am CrossFit level one certified. Fitness is my passion and expertise and I want to help you master your body and mind so that you can unlock your full potential. I believe fitness should be fun, practical, challenging, and applicable to every day life.