Oct
17

The One Thing You Always Forget To Do When Gardening

Gardening can also be hard on the body, especially on the knees and lower back. Here are some easy exercise tips that can help you avoid garden injuries.

Gardening is one of the nation’s favourite hobbies, especially in the warmer months, and more people are becoming green-fingered than ever before. But there’s always one thing we forget to do before going out in the garden – a warm up!

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In recent research by Squire’s Garden Centres, 93 per cent of people said gardening helps to keep them fit and healthy. Indeed, gardening is a great whole body workout (click here for exactly how you can reap the benefits) but a staggering 81 per cent of people surveyed said they never stretch or warm up beforehand, despite 20 per cent admitting that gardening was their main form of exercise.

Sarah Squire, deputy chairman at Squire’s, said: ‘Gardening is a great way to achieve a low impact workout, full of movement and stretching but without the strain on the joints of pounding the streets. Plus best of all it’s free!’

Before any gardening session, Squire’s advise you to carry out a 10-minute warm up and stretch to help avoid any aches and pains, and of course, you should keep yourself hydrated throughout.

‘Just as you would drink water in the gym you should also do so while gardening, as dehydration can lead to increased muscle stiffness after exercise,’ Sarah explained. ‘So remember, it’s not just plants that need water in the garden – you do too!’

Read more: http://www.housebeautiful.co.uk/garden/a1857/gardening-warm-up-exercise

 

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