HOW CAN PILATES HELP WITH GARDENING?
Pilates can be incredibly beneficial for many things. Most commonly, Pilates are used to help alleviate and combat back pain or pain and discomfort in other joints. As the weather begins to get better and the sun starts to make an appearance, many people are starting to tend to their gardens.
Gardening can be an incredibly relaxing activity which can be enjoyed in the nice weather, however can quickly become tainted by things like back pain, which can often flare up due to being bent over for long periods of time. So, how can Pilates help with gardening?
How Pilates Can Help
If you often find yourself sore and uncomfortable in the period of time after you have been out tending to your garden, this can make the thought of gardening daunting and challenging. Pilates are a great way to not only manage your back pain, which may be pre-existing or just brought on from the strenuous garden activity, but to also prevent and alleviate any existing back pain.
In a similar way that a massage may relieve tight muscles and spasms, just one single Pilates practise can occasionally help with back pain and discomfort. However, 2 to 3 Pilates practises each week is suggested for longer-lasting improvements and to avoid recurrent flare-ups. Allow yourself a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks to notice a positive difference.
How Can Pilates Help With My Gardening?
Pilates help to enhance awareness of your body’s optimal spinal alignment as well as promoting a healthy posture, so that you can adjust your body from the moment you begin to stoop, slouch, or lean into one hip.
In a nutshell, Pilates can assist you in resolving the issue of unhealthy movement patterns whilst also aiding to alleviating the symptoms of any back pain and discomfort which is often experienced with gardening.
When gardening, quite often your body will spend long periods of time bent over, or crouched on the ground. This is an unnatural position for our bodies to spend long periods of time in, which can lead to muscle spasms, muscles becoming tight and sore and even joint discomfort.
Pilates can help to prevent this from happening, ensuring that you pick up on when your body is in an uncomfortable position, allowing you to adjust to a position that won’t cause any potential damage to your body.
Benefits Of Pilates
Pilates can offer a range of benefits, both long term and short term. Some of these benefits can correlate nicely with gardening, such as:
- Having increased muscle tone and strength, especially in your abdominal and lower back areas which will be engaged a lot went bent over in the garden or conducting other strenuous garden activities.
- Becoming more flexible, allowing you to reach up, down and all around your garden. You no longer have to feel stiff and tight.
- Pilates help to offer the safe rehabilitation of any spinal or joint injuries which you may have that are currently preventing you from gardening.
- Helps to improve your posture.
- Can aid with preventing injuries from occurring as your body will have better posture, coordination and muscle control.
- Pilates are well suited to everyone. No matter what level you’re at, you can perform Pilates using nothing but your own bodyweight, making them easy to do on your own.
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