Shenandoah Memorial Hospital holds garden fitness class

Shenandoah Memorial Hospital is holding a gardening fitness program tonight.

Deborah Inaba, exercise physiologist at the hospital, said this is an educational session on being fit. It will include warm-up strengthening exercises and safety tips when gardening.

Inaba said muscles need to be prepared for the labor gardening entails, such as digging and dragging bags of mulch – “Before you go and weekend warrior it up after the winter hibernation.”

Safety tips regarding sunburn prevention, heat stroke and heat exhaustion will be touched upon at the session. She said even the spring sun can cause sunburns.

Tips on mosquito repellants and prevention will also be discussed.

“A lot of people are concerned about mosquitoes this year,” she said, referring to the Zika virus health concern.

This session is part of an educational series discussing various health topics. Other topics will include:
• May 25: Arthritis
• June 22: Exercise at work
• July 27: Exercise and your heart
• August 24: Nutrition and hydration
• Sept 28: How fitness affects balance

For more information and to register for any of the sessions, call Deborah Inaba at 540-459-1387.

If You Go
• Where: Shenandoah Memorial Hospital fitness studio
• When: 6-7:30 p.m. today
• Cost: $10

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or