Tending the garden isn’t just good for your plants — it also can be great exercise. From weeding to moving a wheelbarrow, gardening provides a full-body workout that helps build strength, tone and flexibility.
Plus, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity weeding, shoveling and mulching burns more calories than you would expect from an aerobics class!
Your pelvic floor is the group of muscles and connective tissues at the bottom of your pelvis. It connects to several other muscle groups in your body, including your hips, and dysfunction in this area can cause an array of issues. So keeping it healthy is important — especially as you age.
A healthy pelvic floor keeps your pelvic organs in place, which plays a role in proper bladder, bowel and sexual function, according to the Cleveland Clinic. In yoga, the pelvic floor is the “root” of your body, and it’s important for your overall stability.
Kegels may come to mind when you think about your pelvic floor, but just as it’s important to keep those muscles strong, it’s also crucial to keep them flexible. Tension can build up due to things like childbirth, sitting for long periods of time and even the normal aging process, which can cause the muscles to become weak over time.