It’s a task that uses all the major muscle groups in the arms, shoulders, back and legs and an hour of it will give you a workout that’ll burn about 400 calories.
However, if you have a weak grip, it’s a job you might not be looking forward to but there are ways to make it easier:
Pick the tool that’s right for you – rakes can be made from metal, wood and plastic. A lightweight rake, for example with a plastic head and aluminium handle, can reduce strain on your hands.
Warm-up – whatever exercise you are doing, on colder days your muscles will appreciate being warmed up with gentle stretches.
Pace yourself – avoid fatigue by raking in short bursts.
Stay upright – prevent yourself having to bend over by getting a rake that’s the right height for you.
Improve comfort – adding handles and arm support attachments can improve the usability and comfort of your tools.
If you need to sit to rake, then short or extendable handle tools will make manoeuvrability easier.
There is also a way to avoid raking leaves from your lawn entirely – get the mower out. This will not only chop up the leaves for speedier decomposition but also help reduce the need to use a rake to tackle thatch and moss build-up.