As you begin to work, remember to keep one elbow on one thigh, an insight that resonated with gardeners like Robert Levine in Roxbury, Conn., whose Japanese-style landscape requires lots of detail work, especially weeding by hand.

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“GardenFit” visited Hollister House, the garden of George Schoellkopf in Washington, Conn., where brick walls and hedges form outdoor rooms.

“GardenFit” visited Hollister House, the garden of George Schoellkopf in Washington, Conn., where brick walls and hedges form outdoor rooms.Credit…

George Schoellkopf

“GardenFit” visited Hollister House, the garden of George Schoellkopf in Washington, Conn., where brick walls and hedges form outdoor rooms.

Putting a Spin on Things

To go from the armchair to the ground, or to return without straining your knees or lower back, add a spin: beginning in the armchair, if you need to spin to the left, bend your right knee. You’ll be turning rather than falling straight down as a result of this.

“It provides a soft touchdown, because you’re always balanced and in control,” Mr. Hughes said.

Turn and spin back to the armchair as you come down. “I never stand straight up when I’m on the ground unless I twist myself around to the armchair,” Ms. Hooper added.