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Archive for March, 2012

Change the Way You Do Your Gardening

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Turn it into a Workout

Ready to shape your backyard garden this year? Well guess what…with a few small alterations to your regular routine, you can transform your gardening tasks into exercises. This way, your garden won’t be the only thing getting into shape this summer.

Warm Up

Treat your gardening time just like any other workout, and be sure to do a good warm-up. Start with a 5 to 10 minute walk around the block to get your blood flowing. Do some light stretching for your arms, legs, back, neck and core.

Cut the Grass for Cardio

Pushing a lawnmower or raking leaves are both good cardio activities. Be sure to ease into the task slowly but if you’re looking for more of a challenge, pick up the pace to raise your heart rate.

Added Movements

When you’re in the garden, you can strengthen your leg muscles by taking a wide stance with bent knees and a lower center of gravity – mimic a Karate or boxing stance. Always be sure to keep your knees over your heels. Be mindful of knees turning inwards, or over extending beyond your feet.

Reps

As you bring the flowerpots and plants from your main station over to the garden to be planted, pause for a moment to do a few reps. Take the flowerpot and raise the weight above your head. Do this slowly and repeat it 12 to 15 times. As your gardening routine becomes more regular, feel free to increase your reps.

Squats

When you’d normally bend over and kneel down into the garden, turn this into 10 to 12 squats instead. Keep your back straight, your feet shoulder width apart, and make sure your knees are in line with the heels of your feet. Remember, a good squat will feel like you’re about to sit in a chair.

Like any other seasonal activity, it’s important to slowly reintroduce each motion to your body. Ease yourself into your gardening tasks and listen to your body as you try to incorporate more exercise-like activities into the routine. Take breaks and rehydrate with lots of water. And always, always wear sunblock to protect yourself.

Most importantly, have fun!

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