Horticulture Therapy - Cultivate your health with gardening
Why do we say that 30 minutes of aerobics is exercise, yet digging a hole or building raised beds is work? If you think of your garden as your outdoor health club, your fitness will grow along with your flowers and vegetables.
If you have arthritis in your hands, use garden tools with large handles. If you have a bad back, use toods with long handles. Since gardening and yardwork is a physical activity, it also makes sense to limber-up before reaching for that shovel. Do some upper body twists and stretches. Throw in a few forward and side-bends. By following these simple guidelines, you might be sore at the slugs, but you won't be sore in your back.
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