Gardening is great for all ages. In addition to enjoying beautiful flowers or home-grown veggies, gardeners can also build strong bones, increase joint flexibility and strength, burn calories, and achieve a happier, calmer state of mind.
Staying safe and healthy in the garden is easy if you follow a few good gardening guidelines:
- Warm up by doing a few gentle stretches to loosen and warm up knees, elbows, wrists and shoulders.
- Protect your knees by using kneepads and working with only one knee on the ground at a time.
- Alternate tasks and positions regularly to avoid stiffness and repetitive strain injuries.
- Protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, blisters and chemicals with sturdy, well-fitted gloves.
- Choose gardening tools that allow you to keep your back straight and your wrist and hand in a straight line.
- Prevent sunburn by avoiding peak sunlight and by wearing sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Avoid bug bites by wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing.
Have fun in your garden or flower beds this summer!