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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fitness for Gardening

Welcome back!
This week I have a great follow-up to our Nutrition Month post.  We are going to look at getting winter weary muscles back in shape for this years gardening season.  For this week's post, I've enlisted the help of a couple of my fitness and bike riding friends to put together these exercises to get our bodies "garden ready."
 Note: Always consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any exercise program.

Fitness for Gardening
For those of you that love to garden, we have a strengthening and stretching program that is just for you!  You put in the time and effort into improving the health of your garden.  Now let’s use this gardening specific program to produce a healthier you.
Studies shown that continuous movement through moderate physical activity such as gardening for 30-50 minutes 3-5 days of the week can have significant health benefits. Some of those health benefits are listed below.

Health Benefits
   * Decreased risk of high blood pressure
   * Decreased risk of diabetes
   * Contributing to healthier bones, muscles and joints

In addition to taking care of your cardiovascular health, it’s important to consider strength and flexibility exercises to add in the reduction of potential injuries. Below is a list of exercises for strengthening and lengthening the muscles to help improve the comfort of the gardening experience.

Special thanks for this weeks post go to:
   Troy Henrich, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
   Meagen Kirts, ATC; Exercise Physiologist, ACSM; Fitness Nutrition Specialist, ACE

Have a great week!

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