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Smart Gardening for Active Seniors: A Low-Impact Fitness Guide

by Sarasota Bay Club

Seniors looking for a low-impact activity often turn to gardening for its mental and physical benefits. Gardening is much less strenuous on your muscles and joints than other exercises, and it's a great way to get the benefits of sunlight and local produce while contributing to a greener environment.

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Some traditional methods of gardening can still be too much for seniors, especially if you want to keep up with daily plant care. Discover how new smart technology can assist in managing your garden effectively, ensuring you get the right activity level while benefiting the environment.


1. Protect Your Shoulders While Turning Soil

Digging and turning soil is a key part of most gardening projects and is essential for ensuring your soil is nutrient-rich. When your soil gets too dry, digging and turning soil can become a laborious and repetitive task that can put too much strain on your shoulders and arm muscles.

Smart garden tools like smart planters, smart sprinklers, and smart meters, can help you ensure your soil stays damp enough to dig and turn without using up too much muscle energy. These tools help exercise important muscle groups such as arms, shoulders, and back, without overexerting yourself.


2. Plant Seeds Without Putting Your Back Into It

Planting seeds engages your back muscles and fine motor skills, but it can also lead to back issues. Raised planters and small plant pots are one solution for protecting your back but you still risk straining your muscles while watering and tending to your seedlings.

Smart gardens, smart sunlights, and smart planters eliminate the strain of lugging heavy watering cans or moving plants based on the sun's position. Smart gardens, sunlamps, and planters not only prevent water and energy waste, but also provide plants with optimal sunlight, water, and nutrients.


3. Growing Diverse Plants With Ease

Don't limit your garden! Growing plants that require being outdoors can limit senior gardeners with mobility issues. While growing plants that require cold climates means living somewhere chilly or turning up the AC.

Smart terrariums allow you to automate a controlled climate within a glass terrarium, preserving energy use in a small container. Keep your home at the temperature and humidity you need to thrive while continuing your horticultural exploration!

At Sarasota Bay Club, we offer plenty of options for staying active. Gardening is a great way to stay fit while protecting your health with the perfect gardening tools and design. Schedule a private tour of our residencies to see our greenhouse!

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