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.
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. If you’re seeking a fun exercise program read this, 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.
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.
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!