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Put a spring in your step by gardening

Senior Wellness | Apr 01, 2015

As temperatures warm up and the sun starts poking through those clouds more often, you can start spending more of your time outdoors. Gardening is one of the many outdoor activities for seniors. This particular hobby is beneficial for both your physical and mental well-being.

Advantages of gardening
Spending time outdoors and incorporating a fruitful activity into your daily routine could help improve your wellness. A study by researchers at Kansas State University found that gardening can provide your body with a moderately intense workout as well. The weeding, bending and walking done during gardening help burn calories and keep your muscles flexible.

In addition, Psychology Today noted that gardening can help alleviate stress.

"Spending time outdoors and incorporating a fruitful activity into your daily routine helps improve wellness."

Gardening techniques for the elderly
If you decide to pick up this hobby, it is important to do so in a safe manner. Ensure that you wear protective gear, such as hats and gloves. Apply sunscreen and wear a hat to help cover your face and shoulders from the sun.

Before going out to garden, Interim Health Care recommended stretching and preparing your body for a mild workout. This can help ensure that you do not pull any muscles.

In addition, you may want to adopt a new gardening method that is easier on your joints and muscles. If it is often difficult for you to bend and squat, consider having a garden box built on stilts so that you can tend to your plants while standing. Reach out to friends and family to help build a structure that will keep you comfortable and still allow you to enjoy the benefits of gardening.