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!





Susan Guest




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