Gardening is a rewarding activity that offers a number of benefits beyond ensuring readily available access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and impressive blooms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a lot of gardening is considered light to moderate exercise, which means raking the leaves and cutting the grass can be just as beneficial as doing cardiovascular activities like brisk walking or jogging. In addition, a 2017 study published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports found that gardening can help aging men and women offset age-related weight gain.
And the health benefits of gardening go beyond the physical. In 2014, a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine concluded that horticultural therapy can be an effective treatment for people with dementia.
Gardeners have a wide variety of tools that they can use to transform their lawns and gardens into stunning landscapes. These options include ergonomic tools. Ergonomic tools can benefit gardeners of all ages, but they can prove especially valuable to aging men and women.
How ergonomic tools differ from conventional garden tools
Ergonomic garden tools are designed to ensure that their use affects the body as little as possible. Ergonomic aids are based on how a person naturally moves their body. This can reduce the likelihood of gardeners suffering strain or sprains while gardening, or in pain after a day tending to their landscapes.
Choosing the right tools
West Virginia University’s Center for Excellence in Disabilities finds that gardeners know they’ve picked the right ergonomic gardening tool for the job when they don’t need to adjust the tool. Ergonomic tools should be at gardeners’ heights, fit their grip, and feel comfortable in use.
Special advantages of ergonomic tools
Ergonomic garden tools are designed in such a way that they can relieve the body of various tasks. Gardeners know that after a day in the garden, raking soil, and carrying supplies from a shed or garage around the property, pain can add up.
However, WVUCED notes that ergonomic tools do more than just reduce the risk of injury to gardeners.
- Ergonomic tools increase efficiency. Wasted movements are less likely when using ergonomic tools. This can improve efficiency in the garden and allow gardeners to get more done in the same amount of time. And since ergonomic tools are designed to work with the body, gardeners are unlikely to need to take breaks from pain, which also makes it easier to garden more efficiently.
- Ergonomic tools increase the gardener’s skills. The WVUCED states that the principles of ergonomics encourage gardeners to use the tools in natural positions. This means that gardeners don’t lose strength when bending and twisting and can do more in the garden than they could do with non-ergonomic tools.
Gardening is a rewarding and useful activity. Having the right ergonomic tools for the job can enhance these benefits and make gardening even more enjoyable.