Physical Challenges & Limitations

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up
until your back gets used to it.

Author Unknown

How physically in or out of shape are you? No matter what type of job you take in the garden industry, there will be a fair amount of physical exertion required. If you have any romantic illusions about flitting about from flower to flower in a wide brimmed straw hat, make not mistake about the amount of physical labor that's involved.

I recently talked to Mary O'Conner, a trim rail-thin training supervisor with Bell Nursery, a primary supplier of plants to Home Depots on the East Coast whose staff unload and merchandise truckloads of plants. She said that people either love the built-in workout or totally underestimate the physicality of the job.

I hired my next door neighbour to come work at the garden center when she was looking for a part-time gig while she finished massage school. She had always enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking and jogging and welcomed the opportunity to work outside. She thrived in this work environment.

The good news is that it really doesn’t matter what physical condition you’re currently in as long as you are prepared to tolerate the initial aches and pains.

If you are already in shape, you are going to love the fact that this profession will allow you to incorporate physical activity throughout the day. If you are like me where heading to the gym is not a priority, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Your job will be your workout. This section covers what to expect, how to tell the difference between good pain and bad pain, provide pain prevention and management techniques, cover proper lifting techniques, foot wear and proper use of tools.

Image Source: Veronica d'Orazio, Gardener's Yoga

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