Your Body in the Garden
An Ergonomic Approach to Gardening
Garden Club Presentations and Workshops
by Susan Guest
Gardening sparks creativity, heightens your senses, and connects you with nature. More and more studies show that gardening is a good form of functional fitness. When done correctly, gardening is a safe and healthy activity that gets you moving on different levels, and at different intensities.
Gardening is demanding on the body. Raking, pushing, pulling, and lots of bending. There are times when you are working your muscles and getting stronger, and times when you are straining your muscles or joints and even getting injured. Learn a variety of ways to work in the garden that provides more ease. This program aims to find balance. Our garden is always changing and so is our body.
Your Body in the Garden Presentation
This is a lively presentation with some audience participation. Susan provides educational, practical information to create Long Lasting Gardeners! Members learn about ergonomic tools, modifications, time management, and other strategies for maintaining health and vigor. 1 hour
Meet Me in the Garden Workshop
This workshop, done inside or outside, helps evaluate gardening practices, and provides strategies, tips and exercises to increase strength. Workshops can cover these topics: Ergonomic tools, Warming up and cool down exercises, Bending Over Strategies, Protecting your knees, back, and shoulders. Using Tools- bracing, leverage, alternating sides. 1 hour
Presentation plus Workshop
In this format, Susan will highlight the educational, practical information to create long lasting gardeners, and discuss tools and ergonomics. The last 30 minutes consists of members asking questions, trying on tools, an exercises demonstration, and learning techniques. 1 1/2 hours
These programs get you ready for the gardening season!