Are you an older Canadian looking for a way to exercise that’s also fun? Well, you don’t necessarily have to spend money on gym membership to boost your fitness. With the smog finally lifting from the city, how about taking up gardening instead? Gardening can contribute to healthy living and gives all the main muscle groups a really good workout – from your neck, arms and legs, to your back, buttocks and stomach. But while gardening is a great hobby, especially for seniors, you still need to be very careful.
As with any type of exercise, it’s important that you don’t overdo it. Make sure you warm up first with some gentle stretches before getting started. Remember to take frequent breaks too. To avoid straining your neck and back, do not use your back for lifting heavy items. You should also avoid bending over for long periods. It’s important that you don’t try to do too much in a short period. Instead, it’s much better to break down your gardening tasks into shorter chunks, your body will be grateful for it.
For more help, click the link below for a useful guide full of tips to ensure that you stay safe while gardening.
Thank you to Sally Perkins, Freelance Write