It’s National Gardening Week from 27th April to 3rd May! The country’s biggest celebration of gardening and a great reminder to get outside into your garden or balcony and enjoy the weather with an activity you might not usually associate with exercise.
Springtime provides you with warmer weather and an opportunity to get your garden looking spectacular! However after the winter rest, the bending, twisting and kneeling can re-introduce your body to movements you haven’t performed for a while.
One in two people suffer from back pain so it is essential that you try to reduce your chances of hurting yourself so you can continue to gain the benefits from being outside (vitamin D and fresh air) and being more active over the warmer months.
To help prevent injury and keep your gardening at your best we’ve got our top three tips below!
- Increase duration over time
Don’t spend hours digging and planting right away. Slowly increase the time you spend outside to help your body get used to this and reduce the chance of knee and back pain while gardening.
- Stay hydrated
Gardening is thirsty work and if the sun’s out you’ll dehydrate even quicker. Take some water out with you and remember to keep drinking!
Make sure you stay mobile. As with every exercise, it’s important to warm up and cool down when you garden. We’ve put some ideas for you below.
- Squat to Reach
Perform each for 30 seconds each and cycle through them all twice.
Stretch and cool down
- Hip Flexors
Hold each for thirty to forty-five seconds.
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