Gardening season is coming and with it physical exertion that can spell major back pain. No one wants to be out of commission from doing something as enjoyable as gardening. We’ve put our brains together and come up with a list of helpful hints to help you avoid back pain from gardening.
- Stretch first. Don’t be fooled by what you think are simple motions of raking and pulling weeds, if you haven’t stretched, even simple tasks can hurt. Take a few moments to do some toe-touches making sure to bend from each vertebra, not the waist. Doing this every day is a great idea, but definitely a few slow bending stretches before yard work is a great idea.
- Work smarter, not harder. Using labor saving tricks can help a lot. One I recently learned is hauling mulch in trash bin used for garden waste instead of using a wheel barrow. You don’t have to fill it up all the way, but it will save you back and shoulders.
- Lift with your legs, not your back. Easily remembered after the fact, try to remember it while you are lifting instead. Say it out loud if need be but do it, it will save your back. Also, lift straight, not while turning as well.
- Get Comfortable. There is no shame in being comfortable while you work. Get a low stool or box to sit on while you pull weeds and work in the garden. This will save your back and afford you the opportunity to take a break and enjoy the fruits of your labors.
We hope these tips help as a reminder of good back habits belong in the garden too. Have a great summer of gardening!