A beautiful, sunny, Autumn day with a tropical breeze created the perfect setting for gardening…and shoulder strengthening.
Saturday afternoon I grabbed my shovel and hand tools and headed for the butterfly garden in the front yard. Because I fractured my shoulder in June, I had been unable to work on this area of the yard for a few months. Even today I wondered if my shoulder would be up to the task of pulling weeds, trimming plants, and digging holes for a new honeysuckle vine. As it turned out, gardening was just what the doctor ordered, so to speak. All the activity warmed up my shoulder muscles. Tossing weeds became a delightful exercise in physical therapy, enabling my shoulder to stretch farther and recover an ever greater range of motion. My bones benefited, too, I’m sure, from all the physical exercise and with all that Vitamin D from the sunshine.
A couple of hours in the sunshine, digging in the dirt. What a lovely afternoon!