Our holiday MOVE MONDAY seems like the perfect time to GET IN THE GARDEN!! Lots of planning, preparing and planting need to done to planters, flower beds and vegetable gardens. The same principles from last week apply to prepping and planting. Keep moving and changing positions. When you dig up your garden, remember to switch up both hand positions and lead foot on your shovel. Have a firm grip with your hands but connect with your armpit muscles to help take the load. Make sure to hinge from your hips so your back is flat to get the power from your core when digging up dirt rather than using your back. Use your legs to get up and down rather than reaching and rounding your back, staying in one position where your head is stuck below your heart. When planting your pots and beds, feel free to sit on a stool or inverted pail where you can hinge keeping your back flat.
I'm very fortunate to have neighbours who take great pride in their gardens. Observing and listening to them, it really hit home how important it is to keep moving - safely and functionally while doing SPRING CHORES. Here’s some thoughts to ponder… Al, early 70’s, constantly working outside said, “Well I have to… I have to keep moving and doing things or my body will cease up. I don’t want to be like my adult son who always complains about how his back hurts because he spends too much time sitting on the couch!” Katie, mid 70’s, always with her parrot on her shoulder, gardens as a reprieve from caring for her ailing husband. She works with straight legs, butt reaching to the sky with her head below her heart for long periods of time. She stopped saying, “I’m going in as I am dizzy. It’s not as bad as it was the other day…” I explained by working with her head below her heart and standing up too quickly, it doesn’t give the blood a chance to flow back up to her head, causing her to feel light headed and dizzy. She was very appreciative as she’d never thought of that before.
Just like Joseph Pilates believed, you have to keep your body moving as “You are only as young as your spine is flexible.”