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Gardener’s Friend

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, General, Health

I have a few friends that are really avid gardeners. They love to be out there and time flies by for them while they work away in their gardens. You can really appreciate the hard work that goes into a beautiful garden and if you garden at all you know it is work indeed! Depending on the tasks you wish to accomplish in your yard the calorie burn can be pretty significant in an hour. Weeding and planting flowers, mowing the lawn and the bigger jobs of hauling dirt or stone can burn from 150-450 calories in an hour….hmmm that makes me like it a little more!

If you are someone who loves your yard so much that for you it’s almost a full time job, than you really need to make sure you stretch. Just like any job that requires a lot of bending and lifting when muscles get tight from lots of work, they need some precise stretching! Muscles that are tight, or shortened from work need to be lengthened again to keep the body balanced and prevent possibly injury.

So I have a few simple stretches you can do after some hard work in the garden. If you are not familiar with these, I’m sure you can find a good tutorial on the internet. (there are more than one name for the same stretch, if you are not certain or don’t feel safe, than skip it!)

Mid Cobra; T-Roll; Knees to chest: 1 at a time then both; savasana; staff pose; cobbler’s pose; Pretzel ITB; child’s pose and cat and cow

That would be a great start to a good habit of stretching after working the body. Some jobs should be followed by a stretch, you only get one body….take care of it!

Though I attend several of her classes, where Darla truly shines is as a personal trainer and
health coach. She saw where I was, and helped me to get where I wanted to be, even though I
wasn’t sure I was communicating it clearly. After just a year my Dr. was amazed to report my
bone density had improved, and my overall health was enhanced. Darla keeps training fresh,
challenging, and enjoyable; and she is always supportive and encouraging. During this time of
sheltering I have been continuing my training sessions via Skype, and her eagle eye doesn’t
miss a thing…still correcting my form and pushing me to go beyond where I thought I could go.
Thank you doesn’t seem nearly enough for someone who got me back on a positive health track
that has enriched body, mind and spirit. But thank you anyway, Darla.

Laura, Newton New Jersey
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