“Though an old man, I am a young gardener.”-Thomas Jefferson
I’ve been waiting patiently for winter to let go. I want to go out and play in my gardens. Yes, I said play. Because being in my garden makes me feel young again. I get so lost in what I’m doing that sometimes I don’t even realize how long I’ve been out there. My husband tells me that he loves to stand back and watch me when I’m gardening because I look so peaceful. Yet, at the end of the day, I can suffer for it if I don’t pace myself, use the right tools, and stretch before starting.
In the book “Gardening for Seniors” it covers all this and more. If there’s a will to garden in our senior years, then this book will help you find a way do it step by step.
Today it looks like we are going straight from winter into summer with a forecast of 80’s degrees. Before I run out the door with my garden hat and gloves my husband reminds to do my warm-up exercises. He kindly demonstrated the ones from the book so I could share them with you.
Tilt your head to the left with your ear pointing toward your shoulder hold for a count of 5.
Repeat on the other side 3 times each.
Stand with relaxed shoulders. Then elevate shoulders toward the neck. Hold for a count of 5, then repeat 5 times
With hands on hips slowly turn your upper body and hold for a count of 5, return to center and repeat the turn to the opposite side and hold for a count of 5. Repeat exercise 5 times.
With elbows held close to the body rotate your wrist gentle in a circular motion. Repeat in both directions 5 times each.
Lower Back Stretches
Bring your knee as high as you can up to your chest and hold with hands for the count of 5.
Repeat on opposite side 5 times each.
With knees slightly bent stretch your arms out to the side, slowly reach behind you, gradually bring them around and hug yourself. Eventually swinging the arms easily in motion several times.
With hands against a wall, place one foot in front of the other with a bent knee. Strech the other leg out straight back for a good stretch. Hold for a count of 5 and repeat each leg 5 times each.
Upper Leg Stretch
With a hand on a chair or wall pull your back leg up with hand or rest it on a chair for the count of 5. Repeat 5 times each leg.
Upper Arm Stretch
Raise your right elbow up toward ear and hold push back gently with the other arm for a good stretch holding for a count of 5, repeat each arm 5 times.
If you’d like to check the book Gardening for Seniors click on this link to take a better look.