I love the gardening… or at least the ideas of it! It is amazing to see how quickly things grow and bloom and sprout this time of year. What we planted only a couple of weeks ago has already taken root and are well on their way to being large established plantings. For those of us who love to putter in the garden and for those who are just as happy to water front porch pots, there are a few things we can do to keep ourselves healthy and safe while we are outdoors and the temperature soars!
1. WEAR PROPER CLOTHING
As the temperatures in my area reach 90 or more in the summer I tend to wear light colored cotton shirts that covers my shoulders, long lightweight shorts and good sturdy sneakers when I’m out in the garden. Also, a must for me is a denim bib-style apron with big pockets. The apron saves the front of my clothes and gives me pockets to carry a pair of reader’s and other little things I need. At the end of a morning or evening of gardening I usually have a pocket full of weeds too!
Don’t forget to cover your head with an airy floppy hat and wear a big pair of sunglasses!
2. STRETCH BEFORE GOING OUTSIDE
I know most of us probably forget to stretch before we garden. But would you run a 5K without stretching or start an aerobic class without warming up? Gardening IS a physical activity. Lots of bending and stooping and pulling and carrying. Take a couple of minutes to stretch your muscles before and after gardening and you won’t feel as sore the next day!
3. USE SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen is the best way to keep looking young! NEVER go out without wearing it. And this is especially true when we are out in the garden. Make sure to slather it on areas that are often forgotten but get lots of sun when gardening like the back of our neck, our ears and the back of our legs… as well as any other exposed areas!
If you are going to be out in the garden for any length of time… reapply!!!!
4. GRAB SOME WATER
I am a huge water drinker so I never go into the garden without my water bottle!
Water gives us energy! We loose a lot of water throughout the day and need to replenish it to maintain and balance all of our body fluids. Sometimes when I am tired, it’s my body telling me that I need to drink water!
Water also helps to energize our muscles (and we will certainly need them when gardening) and keeps our skin looking young and supple! Drinking water is also a great way to control calories! Drinking it instead of beverages with calories is so much better for us!!!
I’m using a Brita Hard Sided Water Bottles this summer! It filters the water I drink right from the bottle. Pretty cool!!!
Brita Hard Sided Water Bottles hold 23 ounces of water and are BPA free! My favorite feature is the “easy sip straw” that folds up and down! When I put my Brita Hard Sided Water Bottle down in the garden the water won’t spill out if I knock it over! Again, Pretty cool!
I got my Brita water bottle from Walmart… IN THE HARDWARE DEPARTMENT!
Don’t just drink water when doing sports or gardening… make it a habit to drink it all day long!
5. TAKE BREAKS
If you are out in the garden for any extended amount of time make sure to take a little break often! It’s important to not overdo!!! Get in the shade, sit down and even put up your feet and drink water! Breaks will give you added energy and keep you safe from sun related illnesses!
I make sure I take breaks. If I push myself too much in the heat I get dizzy and that is not good. If I take breaks I can be out in the garden for hours!
Now, are you ready to put on your garden gloves and dig in the dirt? Don’t forget these 5 simple, health tips then… grab your water bottle and get moving!!!!
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