Unlike a body pump class, however, gardening is low intensity, so it puts less strain on the joints than other activities whilst still getting us lots of exercise. It’s also so engaging once you get into it, that you forget that you’re exercising!
You’re too immersed in the fragrance of the rose bushes that you’re pruning, in the sound of the birdsong around you as you dig the earth, in the feel of the soil between your fingers as you plant your seeds.
For me, this makes getting enough exercise effortless! Another fantastic feature of gardening compared with other activities is that it’s so adaptive. Jobs can be chosen to suit your ability and fitness levels and most gardening tools and equipment can be adjusted to suit just about absolutely anyone.
If you have difficulty bending, you can opt for raised beds or long-handled tools. If you have trouble with heavy digging, stick to planting in pots and containers.
If you have trouble with heavy digging, stick to planting in pots and containers. This is especially true in a community garden where jobs can be exchanged with others according to skill and ability levels.
I work closely with the charity Thrive, a leading charity in the UK who use gardening as therapy for people with disabilities, e.g. stroke victims, to help people who want to garden at home, on an allotment, in a community setting or who may wish to access our own structured horticultural therapy programmes