Avoid Gardening Aches and Pains

How to Avoid Gardening Aches and Pains

Have you been gardening and noticed slower body movement the following morning do to sore muscles? Gardening aches and pains is the body waking up after the winter stretch.  When spring arrives, the temperatures change into a degree that inspires moving forward in full gear.

There is this desire that urges many new and seasoned gardeners to spend hours prepping for planting followed by more prepping, weeding and planting and before we know it the entire day has passed us by. The good news is we accomplished a lot during that day; the bad news is we can hardly move the following day because our feet, arms and legs are sore and we’re tired! Does this sound familiar?

If you can relate, there’s good news because you can actually avoid aches and pains by doing things a little different.

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Exercise is your Friend

If you exercise on a regular basis, then working in the garden all day probably won’t bother you as much as it will others.  Begin the day with a healthy breakfast, stretch out prior to heading outdoors and don’t forget your water.  Even healthy muscles need to be stretched and treated with care.

For those of you who’ve been winter resting I just want to say in the sweetest way possible, find an exercise plan and stick with it. Gardening is good exercise but the problem is this activity isn’t consistent. To maintain healthy muscle tissue it’s important to exercise on a regular basis in addition to gardening.  Exercise changed my life!

Exercise in addition to gardening will keep your muscles conditioned so they don’t hurt; this is even more important as the body ages. Regardless of age exercise is a key ingredient to good health and a happy life. So, if your body has been resting it might be a good idea to limit your gardening activity to under 3 hours a day until you can work up more.  You’ll make just as much progress without experiencing as much pain.  It’s a matter or creating a plan that’s realistic for where you’re at and sticking with it.

Instead of working in a rush work smart and your progress might surprise you because you’ll require less recovery time than if you were to spend the entire day gardening.

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How to Care for Those Sore Muscles

If you’re reading this right now and thinking wow my muscles are sore from spending all weekend in the garden don’t get frustrated because there are things you can do to make yourself more comfortable.

  • Peppermint oil – Soothe sore muscles with a few drops mixed with a little coconut oil.
  • Water – Drink plenty of water during and after you garden and exercise; this also helps flush out toxins.
  • Warm Bath or Hot Shower – helps blood circulate through the body.
  • Luffa Scrub – Oh I love my Luffa – it helps relax and improve circulation, learn more here.

Avoid Gardening with Aches and Pains

 Create A Realistic Plan

Realistically to avoid gardening aches and pains just don’t overdo it.  Be smart and create that realistic plan and stay focused. If it takes two weeks to get the garden planted, it’s okay.  My grandma use to say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” and remember all things wonderful will bloom in God’s time not ours.  No matter how hard or fast we work he’s in control of this entire gardening thing and life.

Spring comes and goes fast, especially here in the south so don’t spend these days feeling sore, work smart with just a few hours each day and before you know it the garden will be planted and maintained leaving you with additional energy to exercise and do the others things you love.

Happy Gardening Friends!

Plan ahead and learn how to avoid those gardening aches and pains

 

 

11 comments

  1. Patti says:

    You are so right my friend. Springtime for me is when I have so much enthusiasm for the garden. The weather is cool, and plants are starting to grow which I love to see and I get a little carried away with all the work that needs to be done. Love your little tips and grandmas words. Rome was not built in a day and really why we pressure ourselves to get so much done is kind of silly. Especially when you end up out of commission for over doing it. Thanks for this needed helpful reminder.

    1. Carole says:

      Well this spring all my effort seems to be going towards our new land and all I can say is I’m glad I started working out over a year ago. It’s made such a difference because hauling trees requires some muscle. The good news is Saturday after we worked out there I came home took about a two hour break and then felt restored enough to work a couple hours in the garden. The next day I woke up refreshed and ready to do it all over again. Bummer it rained… But yes I often hear in my head…. “Carole, Rome wasn’t built in a day…” Thanks for stopping by..

  2. Jemma says:

    Good Morning Carole!
    Oh goodness, I have some major back aches for certain but going for a long walk helps pull those knotted muscles back into shape!
    Patience is a virtue and your Grandma’s words always ring true. (My mom said this all of the time too!)
    Off for my morning walk.
    Hugs,
    Jemma

    1. Carole says:

      Hope you enjoyed that nice walk this morning, our weather is amazing. Exercise really does help and walks are awesome because they focus our posture so we can stretch out.Those patience are a virtue aren’t they? It’s when I slow down that everything seems to falls in place, it’s a great feeling.
      Hugs to you too!

  3. Well! Exercise helps you in maintaining your stamina that will help you in garden work. but what about mental relaxation? Yoga has helped me a lot in this aspect. I love gardening and I feel the connection with nature.

    1. Carole says:

      Yoga is an amazing form of exercise that’s great for the brain and body, thanks for sharing. You just have to find what works for you and enjoy the process. I agree the connection with nature is simply the best.

  4. Jane says:

    Hi Carole, so true! I love to exercise for several reasons. I feel creative when I exercise and all my ideas come during this time. I’m also slowly aging and see the benefits more so than in my younger years. I haul lots of junk around so I need to be fit. I also love walking Madison and listening to the birds.

    1. Carole says:

      I agree that creative flow that follows is amazing! People ask me all the time how do you do everything and keep moving forward and the truth is that 30 minutes of exercise is they key and Dixie well she loves walks too.

  5. Yoga is my go-to exercise too. I miss going to a regular class. I’ve taken to stretching on my own.

    I’m my own worst enemy in the garden though. Once I get started, it’s hard for me to stop.

    1. Carole says:

      Yoga is great – I’m more of a walker and I agree once you get going in the garden it is hard to stop.

  6. Great tips! Certainly getting more exercise overall will help decrease gardening aches and improve our health.

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