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Best gardening exercises for the 50+ to welcome spring (3/3)

This blog is the last in a three part series all about getting your body ready to enjoy all of the activities of spring.  The best walking and organizing exercises were the core of the first two parts of the series and this week I will highlight gardening exercises.   Gardening is mainly a pulling activity which uses the muscles in your back and legs if you are planting seeds and things.   I have also included exercises to improve your grip strength, which is needed for holding the shovel.

Lunge

Lunge

This exercise strengthens your legs and works your balance.  Make sure that you take a big enough step to ensure that your knees line up over your toes.


Back Extension

Back Extension

This can be done directly on the floor if you don’t have a ball.  Anchor your feet against the wall for stability.

Try 8-10 repetitions.


Grip Strength

Grip Strength

Any small, soft ball can be used.

Squeeze the ball for 5-10 seconds


Low Back Stretch

Low Back Stretch

Gardening can be hard on your lower back.  It is important to stretch it out after all of that pulling!


If you would like help getting your body ready for spring drop me a note erin@vintagefitness.ca.  If you live in the Greater Toronto Area I can organize a personal trainer who is an expert in 50+ fitness to come and train you at your home.  If not try on-line training with Spirit 50.  This is a great option if you are away from home, live outside a major city and can’t find a personal trainer or personal training doesn’t fit in your budget.

Good Luck!

Erin

Vintage Fitness

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Vintage Fitness is an in home personal training company in Toronto, Canada.  We specialize in energizing the lives of people over 50 with exercise. 

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