If you love gardening but hate the ache that can sometimes accompany the bending, raking, mulching and pruning associated with a spring clean-up, here are some simple tips to get you back outdoors and enjoying a pain-free spring season.
- Use good posture when lifting. Bend at your knees, tighten your stomach muscles and keep your back straight as you bend.
- Use gardening tools like a wheel barrow or gardening cart to assist you with carrying bulkier items.
- Use knee pads or a gardening pad to avoid knee pain.
- Take breaks. Try tackling a little bit each day instead of doing everything all at once. This will give your body time to rest.
- Use raised garden boxes or pots to avoid bending to the ground or twisting your back uncomfortably. Consider using a bucket to sit on if gardening in the ground.
- Dress comfortably and avoid wearing sandals or other open-toed shoes that could cause you to trip.
- Change positions frequently to avoid stiffness or cramping.