Gardening is a great workout for the body. Shoveling, digging, mowing and planting involve every major muscle group of the body. Here are 5 tips to help you garden pain free this spring:
- Warm up! Warm up stretches can help stretch and loosen tight muscles, preventing aches and pains from developing. Here are some stretches to help ready your muscles before gardening (Source:http://media.oregonlive.com/kympokorny/photo/pilatesjpg-0bccf58e1dcbd815.jpg)
- Cushion your knees! Knee cushions are a great investment, they can protect your knees from extreme pressure and can help avoid injuries to the tendons and ligaments. You can purchase knee cushions from any hardware store. Knee cushions look similar to these:
- Work with long-handled tools: This is a great way to help keep the strain off your low back by avoiding bending or leaning.
- Hydrate: While working under the hot sun, you may not realise the amount of water you’re body is sweating away. Keep a water bottle handy and try to hydrate often to avoid muscle aches or even worse, dehydration.
- Listen to your body: Aches and pains are a way for your body to tell you to take it easy. Work at a comfortable pace, take breaks and try to keep the workload manageable. If the aches and pains don’t go away, it may be time to take the rest of the day off. Remember gardening should be enjoyable and painful!
We hope these gardening tips will help you make the most of this gardening season. If you would like to share a picture of your garden with our health community, send it our way at email@example.com!