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Fit to garden: Strengthen your core

Amanda Etty
Photography by
Ryan Brook/TC Media

Strengthen your core while you garden with these three simple moves.

Stay strong and limber while you garden with three simple moves from certified personal trainer Anna Griffith of Performative Element.


Side leg lift with rake

Outer thighs, hip flexors, abdominals; good for balance, posture, coordination.

Stand tall with your weight on your right leg and your right hand holding onto a rake for balance.

2 Pull your abdominals in toward your spine, and, trying not to tilt or lean to your right, use the outer hip and thigh muscles to lift your left leg straight out to the side. Make sure your knee and toes face forward – not up – and focus on pushing out through the left heel.

3 Return to the start position (try not to put your left foot down). Repeat 10 times, then switch sides.

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