How to enjoy your garden and keep healthy Anna Maynard from the Chiropractic Health Centre and Beth Otway from Godalming in Bloom have joined forces to help you enjoy gardening safely and avoid injury while working outdoors. Gardening is a fascinating hobby; as well as stimulating your mind and senses, it is wonderful exercise for your body. Gardeners often find that they end up doing more work than they intended as it is such a rewarding activity. The idea of having the lawn mown before it rains or being able to enjoy a scented vase of sweet peas later in the summer if you sow the seeds now can really spur us gardeners on.
stooping, lifting, twisting, mowing and digging, sometimes for prolonged periods through their keenness to garden or finish the task in hand. This can place a strain on the muscles and joints of the spine and extremities, causing them to become inflamed and tender several days after gardening. With thought and preparation you can avoid causing injury and enjoy gardening with no ill effects.
Everyone can enjoy the excercise that gardening offers. The super fit may enjoy a spot of double digging, someone looking to Dress appropriately; gardening in undertake moderate exercise can tight or restrictive clothing won’t scarify a lawn or divide the plants Gardening involves movements in their herbaceous border, and and actions that are very different just feel awkward, it will actually strain the muscles and joints. the elderly and disabled looking Don’t rush out and buy tools on for lighter exercise can sow seeds to those we carry out as we go a whim; it’s better to take your in containers or raised beds, or about our daily lives time, research and choose the prune a trained fruit tree. With the right equipment, frequent breaks and rests you can push best tool for you. Even if a spade is reduced in the sale, if it’s too heavy for you to use it will tyourself physically without damaging yourself or your garden. be a waste of money. If you’d like to give a gift It’s wonderful to share the joy of gardening and to garden with of gardening tools, take the lucky recipient with a friend or family member. Helping a disabled or elderly person you to choose. Selecting the right sized tool for in the garden can bring a very special friendship and shared you can enable you to carry out tasks that were joy. As well as spending time together in the fresh air, you also previously impossible. both benefit from the exercise gardening provides as well as the positivity of sowing seeds or growing vegetables, fruits, herbs There are many specially designed and adapted tools to make gardening easier: secateurs with or flowers. rotating handles to maximise the force and Gardeners always have so much to look forward to, whether it’s strength you have; gripping aids; long reach seeing a new variety of dahlia flowering, eating the first home- tools (ideal if you garden sitting down or can’t grown tomatoes of the season or anticipating that delicious bend easily), spring assisted forks and spades for digging over the soil, light weight cultivators apple later in the year. and tillers to break up the soil, low trolleys allow for easy moving of pots and containers, Gardening involves movements and and self-watering pots with a reservoir beneath actions that are very different to those we the compost. Tool belts or aprons keep useful carry out as we go about our daily lives. small tools like secateurs to hand. Gardeners may find themselves bending, 34
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