How to Enjoy Your Garden Safely
Gardening is an immensely satisfying activity. Nothing beats watching your plants grow and flourish. Not only that, but gardening can be good exercise too. In order to reach the maximum amount of benefits from gardening, here’s a few safety tips to ensure you get the most from the activity.
Protection is Key
When you’re working outdoors, it is important to keep yourself covered from the sun. Try and wear long sleeves if possible, alternatively cover up with sunscreen. You also need to protect your skin from chemicals and contaminants that you may come into. A sturdy pair of gloves will do the trick. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Gardening is a healthy activity – in fact, 30 minutes per day can reduce your chance of a heart attack. But always be careful not to overdo it. There’s no need to rush, so take your time. Don’t be afraid to take a break inbetween activities – as bending, lifting and pulling can all leave the body feeling tired the day after. Additionally, be sure to change your position every 20-30 minutes.
As with all activities, it’s important to pay attention to your health and listen to your body while gardening. Be sure to stay hydrated, especially in the hot sun. If you experience symptoms like rapid heartbeats, confusion, nausea or dizziness, these could be indicative of a heat-related illness, so go inside immediately and have a glass of water and a rest.
To prevent the possibility of falling while gardening, you might want to invest in raised beds, which will also minimize bending and stretching.
Starting a garden can be incredibly rewarding, and by sticking to these solid safety tips your gardening experience will be incredibly rewarding and enjoyable.
Written by Jackie Edwards