Gardening Tips for Seniors
The warm weather is finally here and that means millions of Americans are getting ready for gardening season. Gardening is a great activity that can provide a lot of health benefits for seniors. It is one of the best low-impact activities that seniors can pick up.
Low-impact exercises can reduce the risk of injuries and physical conditions like osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones over time; increase their flexibility and strength, and offer therapeutic benefits. It is an outlet they can use to relieve any emotional stress they are carrying.
While this is a low-impact activity, it is still a physical activity and seniors need to take care of themselves. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you or a loved one gets the green thumb:
To avoid cramps and joint pain while gardening, make sure to do some light stretching beforehand to prepare yourself.
Choose the Right Tools
Make sure you have the right tools before you start the job. Lightweight tools with comfortable handles are ideal as they will help to reduce any joint stress that may occur while gardening.
Wear gloves that will help protect your hands from thorns, branches, roots, etc. while gardening. Also, make sure to apply sunscreen if your skin will be exposed before you start working.
Avoid Heat and Sunlight
It would be best to garden in the early morning or evening when it is cooler and shadier out. This helps to avoid a possible sunstroke, sunburn, or dehydration that can be caused by too much heat. Stay hydrated by taking breaks and drinking lots of water
Make sure your gardening area is in a place that is easily accessible. Raised bed and narrow plots will help give you a more comfortable position while gardening.
Break Up Tough Tasks
Certain jobs, such as weeding, can be exhausting to do all at once. Break it into five-minute pieces so you don’t exhaust yourself in one sitting.