7 Exercises to Prep for Garden Work

You love gardening. You just love getting out there, getting your hands dirty, interacting with your plants and Mother Nature. But gardening can be rather physical. Especially for older gardeners, a couple of hours in the plant beds can lead to an entire day resting and recuperating from back, muscle and joint aches and pains. Unfortunately, when you’re recovering, the best you can do is stare out of your window at your beautiful garden that you wish you were in.

Professional athletes work out in the preseason and all week long before a big game. Then they prepare themselves for that game by loosening up and exercising right up until kickoff, tip-off or the opening pitch. Why don’t you do the same thing? Start performing the following 7 exercises to prepare your body for gardening, and you can once again get the most out of your favorite outdoor activity.

1 – Jog for 5 minutes or briskly walk for 10 right before you are going to tackle any garden work. This gets your heart pumping, and your joints and muscles loose and warmed up for the physical workout your plants and flowers are about to give you.

2 – Squat in advance. So many gardening activities have you squatting down. A few times a week, bend your knees and lower your body, keeping your back straight and your weight on your heels. Perform 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions. You should also do this immediately before you hit the garden.

3 – Perform bicep curls. If you do not own any dumbbells, use a gallon jug of water or a full paint bucket. Perform 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions. This can be done during the week, and as an immediate preparation for garden work.

4 – Exercise for 20 to 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. This builds up your cardiovascular ability, which leads to better endurance when mowing the lawn or pulling weeds.

5 – Stretch out your quads. In a stable standing position, raise your left foot behind you, and grab it with your left hand. Place your right hand against a wall or other type of support if you need to. Pull slightly on your foot and hold for 10 seconds. Change legs, performing 4 to 6 repetitions each side.

6 – Perform a counter push. Stand 12 to 18 inches in front of your kitchen or bathroom counter. Place your hands firmly on the counter edge, wider than shoulder width apart. Lean forward slowly, while supporting your weight with your arms and chest. Push back. Perform 10 to 12 repetitions.

7 – Stretch your hamstrings. Lay on your back, lifting each knee individually and hugging it to your chest. Hold for 10 or 12 seconds. Repeat with your opposite knee, 8 to 12 repetitions with each leg. This stretches your hamstrings, and should be done before any gardening activities.

Fresh Breath and a Dose of Antioxidants


You may have seen that parsley on your plate and thought of it as just a decoration. And while parsley is often used as a pretty garnish, it also has many health benefits.

It turns out that parsley is very high in antioxidants. These chemicals help to prevent disease and improve your overall health. They also slow down the aging process. Specifically, parsley contains luteolin, vitamin A, and vitamin C that are powerful antioxidants.

Parsley can help you to improve your immunity to disease. Because it’s packed with vitamin C it naturally supports healthy immunity. It also helps your body to repair the connective tissue collage in the body. Eating parsley can help you to have stronger bones and teeth and repair more quickly from cuts and scratches.

The vitamin K found in parsley helps to protect your body from hardened arteries and heart disease. It keeps calcium from building up in your blood vessels and collecting as plaque. It also helps to keep your bones strong.

Vitamin K also offers protection for your nerve cells and can strengthen your nervous system and prevent disorders of it.

The natural oils in parsley are also known to fight cancer. Specifically, you can reduce your risk of colon cancer and prostate cancer. You can even get some protection from the carcinogens in cigarette smoke, though parsley won’t make it a good idea to pick up smoking.

Diseases that are related to inflammation can also see improvement when eating parsley regularly. Arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autoimmune diseases can all be helped by adding this nutrient to your diet.

How much parsley do you need to eat in order to get the benefit? It turns out that you only need about two tablespoons of fresh parsley each day to get the vitamins and antioxidants it provides in high levels.

Parsley is delicious in its own right. It makes a great compliment to many dishes either raw or cooked. However, when it’s raw you’ll get the greatest benefits from it.

And, on a cosmetic level, the oils and texture of parsley help to clean your teeth and freshen your breath after a meal. This is great when you don’t have time to brush your teeth between meals. So, instead of leaving the parsley on the plate, next time go ahead and eat a bit of the garnish to get the health benefits.

You’ll walk away with fresh breath and an army of nutrients to help keep your body healthy and young.

Signs and symbols: lesbian

Pride Matters

In this series we look at signs and symbols that are associated with parts of the LGBTQIA+ Community.

The Labrys

The Labrys is also known as the double-bladed axe, and isfrom the Minoan Crete civilisation – a civilisation that is often portrayed as matriarchal.Since then, however, it has been used in more recent timesto represent lesbian and feminism.
It has been used as its symbol since the 70s. Some women have it tattooed on their inner wrist, or as a pendant.

In late Victorian times, when the use of term “Lesbian” was emerging, it was likely that if you were a gay or bisexual woman you may have givenvioletsto the womanyou love or have feelings for. This most likely comes from poetry that ancient Greek poet Sappho wrote:

“If you forget me, think of our gifts to Aphrodite and all the loveliness that we shared.


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