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Gardening Safely and Sensibly (page 3 of 3)

by Kathy Bond Borie

Gardening Warm-Ups

The American Physical Therapy Association recommends these stretches to prepare for the lifts, bends, and pulls common to working in the garden.

Upper Body Twist. Stand with hands on hips. Slowly turn upper body as far as possible to the left for a count of 5. Turn to the right for a count of 5. Repeat 10 times.

Upper Body Stretch. Stand with back straight and arms at your sides. Stretch arms straight out in front of you and hold for a count of 5. Return arms to sides. Repeat 10 times. Now, stretch arms back until shoulder blades touch. Hold for a count of 5. Return arms to sides. Repeat 10 times.

Kathy Bond Borie is a horticulturist and editor for the National Gardening Association.

Photography by John Goodman

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