Did you know that today is National Gardening Exercise Day? That's right, today is a day to gain your daily or weekly dose of exercise by grabbing your gardening tools and getting your hands dirty or, if you prefer, walking around and simply taking in nature.

Garden offers great exercise opportunities

The fact is, gardening is a fun hobby but also involves quite a bit of exercise. Weight Watchers recommends doing some pre-gardening stretches to prevent injury and prepare for physical activity. There are many options for observing National Gardening Day from heavy digging and lifting to lightweight tasks such as watering your plants or applying fertilizer. Whatever level of exercise you choose is up to you.

Trowels that prevent arthritis pain

If you find yourself replanting and in general digging into the soil this summer, why not check out our garden trowels and decide which one would work best for your situation and your arthritis. Just because you have arthritis, exercising with your plants doesn't have to be painful. There are ways to be physically active in the garden without having to put up with pain so long as arthritis is under control. Part of that is having the right tools, so let's take a look.

Trowel with soft, non-slip grip

Garden Trowel by OXO Good Grips

The Garden Trowel by OXO Good Grips is a smart alternative to traditional garden trowels. It features a specially-designed, pressure-absorbing grip handle that is more comfortable and easier on the hands for many people with arthritis. The blade is made of durable stainless steel with markings at intervals of inches and centimeters. With the OXO Good Grip design, you can use this trowel even when your hands are wet, as the handle has a non-slip surface.

Trowel with right-angled handle

Peta Easi-Grip Garden Trowel

Alternatively, you may be more interested in the Peta Easi-Grip Garden Trowel if you find it awkward to hold your wrist at the traditional angle required by most trowels due to your arthritis symptoms. This trowel of only nine ounces features a handle at a right angle, allowing for simple, stress-free gripping. Combine it with the Peta Easi-Grip Arm Support Cuff to reduce even more stress by using the support of your forearm.

Using a trowel is certainly a great form of gardening exercise, but it doesn't have to hurt. We hope one of these trowels is the perfect one for you. Know of anyone else who could use one of these? Let them know by sharing on Facebook!