Get Fit for Gardening
You might not have thought to warm up before gardening, but you should. A warm-up gets you ready for all the moves you do in your garden. Stacy Walters, a registered kinesiotherapist, can help you enjoy your garden and prevent injury.
Perform a light warm-up
Use proper gardening biomechanics
Cooling down after gardening
Enjoy the benefits
To prevent muscle injury, perform a five-minute warm-up. Just walk to the mailbox, check the garden beds, do some arm circles, fill the bird feeder or walk the dog. Then do a stretch or two. • To stretch the hamstrings, place one heel on the ground and gently lean forward. Hold 20 seconds and switch sides. • To stretch the quadriceps, wrap a towel around one ankle, bend your knee, and hold your ankle up with the towel. Hold for 20 seconds and switch sides.