Spring is officially here, and with the amount of time spent at home, we have certainly seen our gardens grow. The recent rain has thankfully encouraged the plants to flourish. Work for gardeners out there is never done.
Gardeners often use techniques that aggravate backs, shoulders, and necks. A significant amount of a gardener’s body weight stays bent over at the hips, which puts considerable strain on the lower back.
When gardening, people don’t realise just how vigorous they’re working out. To put it into perspective, one hour of gardening uses the same amount of calories as jogging 4 miles.
Gardening makes your body do all sorts of movements including squatting, bending, walking, lifting, digging, and raking. It requires engagement from all your major muscle groups in your legs, shoulders, spine, and deep abdominal muscles.
Pilates helps to improve the control of your core muscles. Therefore, Pilates is perfect to complement your gardening.
Take a look at the video below which is a standing Pilates-based exercise programme to help keep you fit and flexible in the garden.
Enjoy every minute of your time in the outdoors working in the garden AND be able to get out of bed the next day with a healthy body and a happy back! Have fun helping your garden grow ?