Pilates and Gardening

Spring is upon us and it sighs with renewal, growth and fresh perspective.

Not to mention all the fresh buds blooming all around us, the daffodils whom begin to peak above the soil to greet us and the cherry blossoms that will soon be adorning our beautiful Vancouver trees.

Spring inspires us to embrace light-heartedness and a sense of play as we come out of winter hibernation. And what better way to rekindle our relationship with the sunshine and outdoors other than gardening?! 

Gardening involves a lot of use of our calves, hamstrings, glutes, core and back. Think of all that crouching, bending, reaching and pulling that happens with all things gardening. Without a proper postural foundation, our backs and legs will ache and it will take all the fun out of gardening, and just leave us with plain old grief. That’s why it is essential to work preventatively and indulge in care for our bodies – and that’s where Pilates comes in! Pilates enables us to prime our bodies with a reliable, flexible and strong foundation for easeful movement.

Once we’ve established a good postural foundation it’s important to keep a few other things in mind. Such as the placement and alignment of our bodies as we’re gardening. For example, it is wise to bend at the hips, knees and ankles for our support as opposed to reaching and over-working our back muscles. Have a look at these videos by Pacific NorthWest Pilates. 

Emma Speakman