7 tips for moderate and proper work in gardens without health consequences
Many people spend their free time digging and planting in gardens, orchards, vineyards, backyards or on the balcony. This physical effort is very beneficial to health but should be moderate without overestimating your own capabilities. Physical work and effort should be reduced after reaching the age of 60 or 70.
- It is desirable to plan the daily routine in detail. Let the physical effort in the garden be 40 to 45 minutes and then a 10 minute break. This can be repeated several times a day. The break should be in a sitting or lying position.
- During hot summer days, work should be no later than 10 or 11 o’clock in the morning. It is better to get up earlier before the strong sun and during the strong daytime sun to be in the shade or in a closed ventilated building. The work in the garden can continue after 5 pm when it is less hot.
- Caution is advised when lowering the head towards the ground (very dangerous posture especially if the upper blood pressure is 165 and higher) if the person is prone to high blood pressure. You should refrain as much as possible from working with your head down to the ground.
- When a change in blood pressure occurs and the pressure, for example, suddenly “jumps” and there are no other people nearby, the person needs a ten-minute rest in a colder room. It is desirable to shower with colder water and spray the face and hands with water. If a person already has medical therapy, then they should take all medications in accordance with the therapy and be in a supine position, doctors say. It is necessary to wait until the pressure normalizes.
- If a person is still busy with gardening and feels a rapid heartbeat, herbalists say that you should always carry a bag of dry lemon balm in your pocket (or work suit) (whose smell can be inhaled if people have heart rhythm problems).
- It is advisable to drink a little colder water often in small sips. For the elderly, herbalists recommend boiled valerian tea with the addition of a branch of fresh or dried mint.
- Elderly people who like physical effort (and who sample extra heart effort) are recommended to normalize the work of the heart with a mixture of chopped valerian root and mint in equal amounts to be poured with a cup of boiling water. Drink chilled tea.