Spring is in the air and the sun is shining. It is time to work in your gardens. Gardening is a great way to reduce your stress. It is also a great form of exercise.
I was waiting at a lab to get my blood drawn and overheard a conversation from a woman who spent a large portion of the weekend in her garden. She stated that she was very sore and why did I do that to myself.
That is what happens to most of us who do not garden on a daily basis. You are using muscles that have not been used in a long time. It is just like introducing a new exercise and repeating the same new movement for hours. Of course you are going to be sore.
The way to avoid the soreness is to set a timer and do a little bit at a time. Dont try to overhaul your entire garden in a single day. That for some will be difficult. You start a project and want to finish it. Whether that is the case or not don’t forget to stretch. It will help. The muscle groups that tighten up the most are the lower back, hamstrings, and quadricep from kneeling and or bending over. There are a number of stretches that you can do. If you are not sure of what stretches you should do I produced a small booklet specifically for gardeners. Stretches for Gardeners. It is only $4.95(plus S & H) and has over 15 different stretches for the whole body. It can be purchased on the website www.isobreathing.com Dont allow yourself to become the weekend warrior of gardening, and not able to move for the following days.