(ARA) – With all the bending, lifting and stretching involved, gardening can be a fun and effective workout – if you know how to make the most of it. Stacy Walters, registered kinesiotherapist, fitness director and creator of the Fit to Garden program, provides tips on how to turn a day of lawn and garden care into a day of healthy exercise.
Begin with five to 10 minutes of stretching the legs, ankles, arms, shoulders and wrists.
To help stay comfortable while gardening alternate between squatting, kneeling on a pad and sitting on a stool. Tighten your abdominal muscles when you reach and move.
When lifting, keep your feet shoulder-width apart, tighten your abdominal muscles and bend at the hips and knees.
Mulching helps conserve water in your garden, prevent weeds and keeps your outdoor spaces looking neat. Scotts NatureScapes Advanced is a natural, color-enhanced mulch and comes in a variety of colors and textures to maintain moisture and create a groomed landscape all year long.
Gardening Cool down
Stretching the hips, hamstrings, back, neck and shoulders will help balance muscle groups that may have been overused and decrease post-gardening soreness.
For more information on garden workouts, visit Scotts.com or OutdoorLivingWithStacy.com.