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Spring Into Action This Season With These Important Gardening Tips!

If you love spending time in your garden, this is a must-read to help you stay healthy, injury and pain-free.

Do You Avoid Gardening Because It Hurts Your Back, Hips, or Knees?
If you answered yes, here are a few helpful tips for pain-free gardening! Use the following techniques when lifting and lowering the load…

  • Lift with your legs, not with your back
  • Bend at the waist and keep your back straight
  • Keep objects close to your body
  • Keep your feet shoulder width apart
  • Use your core muscles by pulling your belly button into your spine
  • Avoid twisting your whole body to move the load
  • Use proper tools
  • Use long-handled tools to avoid constant bending
    and/or overextending your reach
  • Use a wheelbarrow to transport soil or mulch
  • Keep tools sharp and in good shape to reduce the
    effort needed to complete the task

General Tips to Prevent Overuse Injury

  • Spread gardening work over several days
  • Alternate tasks and change position every 30 minutes
  • Take breaks and stretch frequently
  • Use proper footwear
  • Use knee pads when kneeling
  • Ask for help from a family member or friend if needed
  • STAY HYDRATED!

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