How to Strengthen Your Gardening Muscles

I presented to a local gardening club last week and I discussed the importance of strengthening the gardening-specific muscles this winter during the “off-season”.  We still have a several weeks to gain strength and stability.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing key exercises with you to help you strengthen your gardening muscles to avoid injury and…

Rakes & Pains

In many parts of the country the beauty of autumn will soon be unfolding with breathtaking foliage.  The pleasant cool air, the smell of warm apple cider, and the colorful leaves floating down are all reasons why autumn is my favorite season. Unfortunately raking those colorful leaves is another story though; especially if you suffer from an injury or…

Gardening is Great Exercise

Gardening is a physical activity to enjoy for a lifetime! Lawn and garden care offers countless benefits to the largest generation in U.S. history. In addition to beautiful landscapes and fresh foods, gardening decreases blood pressure, reduces stress, improves confidence, helps focus, and strengthens the body. In addition to gardening’s physical benefits, proponents point to…

Gardener’s Elbow Exercises

It’s common for gardeners to experience muscle soreness after a long afternoon in the garden.  General muscle soreness disappears in a few days, but many gardeners complain about chronic elbow pain.  Gardener’s elbow can occur on the inside or outside of the elbow, presenting symptoms similar to tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.  The primary differences between…

How to Warm Up Before Gardening

Gardening, like any other strenuous activity, requires a dynamic warm up to prepare the heart, mind, muscles and joints for physical activity.  Benefits include enhanced blood flow to the muscles and increased range of motion, reducing the risk of injury and next-day soreness. A quality gardening warm up begins with with five to 10 minutes…

Improve Your Posture

While gardening, we spend a lot of time reaching forward, lifting, carrying, and twisting.  These repeated movements can wreak havoc on our posture.  Let’s talk about improving your posture and strengthen the upper back muscles to prepare for the gardening season! Why is good posture important, you ask? Good posture helps us lie, sit, stand,…