Spring has arrived!
With warmer and longer days
quickly approaching, many of
us are more motivated to
spend our time outdoors
and in our gardens.
Gardening and yard work can be a great workout.
Easing into it and taking precautions can help you get the results
you want for both your yard and your health!
Just like with any other workout, you should warm up first. Gentle stretches focusing on your back and limbs can help prevent injury. A brisk walk can do the trick too.
A thick kneeling mat or knee pads are just as important tools for gardening as your shears or gloves. If you are already dealing with knee or back pain, finding a gardening bench that can also convert to a kneeler could be a great option for you!
Switching up your activity every 10 minutes or so can help prevent stiffness and pains that come from repetitive movements or putting pressure on a certain joint for too long.
Especially at the beginning of our warmer days, sometimes we push ourselves too far by being overly ambitious in what we want to accomplish. Start off with shorter, less aggressive yard tasks before you try tackling those overgrown blackberry bushes or mowing your acre of property.