Now that garden activity are in full swing, too, are aching muscles!
The joy and enthusiasm of gardening are often dampened because the unused muscles rebel due mainly to incorrect gardening carriage and motion.
- What do we do for our muscles?
- Do we take advantage of last year’s painful experience?
- Do we prepare ourselves by doing special gardening exercises to avoid aching arms and legs and, most importantly, unbearable pain in our backs?
After a few hours’ work in the garden, what a complete joy it would be to feel fit, fresh, and vibrating, not only on the same day but the following days, without the lameness that follows when unused muscles are over exercised.
The young gardener blames the aches and pains on unused muscles, while the mature or older person blames his on advanced age. Yet this is a mistake since young or old muscles respond equally to proper exercise.
Therefore, why not do something about this discomfort? Why complain and groan and be sorry for yourself?
Here is a group of pre-season exercise suggestions for seed catalog time. Thus you wilt be limbered up and your muscles well prepared, making it easier for you to Gift and bend. Your body, too, will be firmer and more attractive.
These exercises need only be done for a few minutes each day, providing they are done correctly.
Good Standing Position
Hold onto a chair with chest high, shoulders back, heels together, and feet apart. Place a weight on the outer borders of the feet and bend the knees, pushing them to the side. On one count, lift heels and come to a deep knee bend, keeping back straight throughout the exercise. On the count of two, rise to an upright position. Repeat 12 times.
Kneeling Position With Hand On Floor
With hands-on floor, walk forward, alternately liking one knee. Count ten and relax. Use attachable rubber knee pads.
On the count of one, sit on heels. On the count of two, kneel again—beneath times.
These three exercises will condition your legs and prepare them for hours spent on the knees planting, weeding, removing faded blooms, and tending to other chores.
Once the season starts, we can consider the proper position. We should avoid bending from the waist with legs and knees straight since this causes the-back strain that makes gardening an agony.
Some try to work in a deep knee position, squatting and straining both back and legs.
The knee-chest position is one of the most healthy for the body since it is relaxing for the back and abdomen and strengthens and tightens the muscles of the hips and thighs.
Some gardeners, however, use a pad or small pillow to protect the knees.
Since it is annoying to keep getting up and down and moving the mat to reach farther, I suggest a pair of rubber knee pads that can be attached with straps.
This will enable you to walk on -.our knees while remaining in the knee-chest position for hours without strain.
Watch Out For Your Back
The matter of carrying plants and garden equipment, too, has to be considered. Avoid taking anything heavy in front, with the arms stretched straight out, a position that strains the back.
Instead, keep the arms downward, close to the sides of the body, letting the arm muscles do the work. Try to balance the load, using both arms at once.
These few rules, if applied, will mean better gardening because you can work longer without undue fatigue. The muscles become trained, and the worst strains are eliminated.
You will learn economy and control of motion and how to garden with efficiency and grace.
Furthermore, you will face your gardening chores each day joyfully, with a feeling of physical fitness, enduring strength, and accomplishment.
44659 by Felicia Kutten & Helena Salon