Gardening is a great form of exercise everyone can enjoy

Gardening is a great form of exercise everyone can enjoy

Whether it's pruning branches, mowing the lawn, carrying a watering can or digging, gardening involves walking, bending, stretching, lifting and reaching to give your muscles, heart and bones an excellent workout. 

While gardening can certainly increase your fitness, to avoid aches and pains remember these key points:

  • Always warm up by doing some simple stretching exercises
  • Keep the spine in a neutral position rather than slumped forward
  • Regularly change jobs and limit the time spent on any one activity to 20 minutes
  • Lift correctly - remember to bend your knees and keep your back straight
  • Don't grip tools too hard and keep your wrist in a neutral position with the hand straight out
  • Use both sides of the body. For example, when digging, change the digging foot routinely
  • Keep hydrated as dehydration can lead to increased muscle stiffness after exercise

Green Gym

Why not consider your local 'green gym'. The green gym scheme is run by the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) and enables people to get fitter by volunteering to do conservation or gardening work. It's a sociable way to improve your health and the environment and it's free. For more information call 01302 388 883 or visit www.tcv.org.uk

Please consult with your Healthcare Professional before you take up any new exercise routine.