Gardening is a great activity, but it can play havoc with the body at times. Sometimes the back, shoulders and neck can suffer, but there are some helpful things you can do to offset the chance of this happening and keep you in your garden longer.
– Improving your back, leg and shoulder strength will significantly help prevent the onset of lower back, neck and shoulder pain.
– Avoid repeated bending at your back. Squat and bend from the hips rather than your lower back and try to mix it up with other ways of weeding and bending forward, such as kneeling and lunging.
– Avoid long periods in one position, especially bending forward. Take the time to stand up and do a few back stretches.
– Wear knee pads. They not only protect your knee joints but also encourage you to use various positions when you are on the ground – kneel for a few minutes instead of bending forward.
– Divide the garden tasks into smaller portions and rotate through them more often. This takes the load off any one part of the body and helps you move more often. For instance, alternate between weeding and pruning, only standing in 10 minute portions.
– A good motto is ‘the best posture is the next posture’
Hope this helps.
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