Warm up before you garden

Finally! After the long winter, it is starting to feel like we skipped over spring and went straight for summer. The warm days and longer evenings mean more of us are getting out into our gardens to tidy up from the winter and start planting for the summer.

 

As with any activity that you restart after a period of rest, the risk of injuring yourself shouldn't be dismissed. Be mindful with your movements and, if possible, try an active warmup to start and finish your gardening.

Okay, so you're ready to get a few stretches in before hitting the weeds, but what should you do? There are a few good tips here from Canadian Gardening.

If I have more time, I might do that and a few sun salutations. Here is a recommended yoga series for gardeners.

It's also important to move around a bit while gardening so you don't over use one part of your back. Sit on your knees for awhile, and then move around and clean up the weeds you've just dug up, for example. Take regular breaks in planting by filling up the watering can. And, most of all, move with mindfulness. If you are paying attention to the way you are sitting, twisting, and getting up and down, you are much less likely to injure yourself.

Enjoy the gardening!