Despite the fact that gardening is probably the furthest thing from your mind in this charming British weather, lets live in hope that spending time in the garden will soon be on the agenda!
In preparation for the gardening season, here are a few helpful tips to reduce the likelihood of you hurting yourself.
Gardening is just like any other exercise, so the usual rules apply. Avoid launching straight into heavy digging or lifting. Warm your body up slowly to start by starting with a lightweight task. Also, in the same way that you wouldn’t spend three hours solidly on the treadmill on your first visit to the gym after six months, don’t overdo things in the garden. Take a break every 20-30 minutes and change activity regularly.
If you are weeding, get yourself a garden pillow so you can kneel or sit down rather than bending forward from your lower back. If you are digging, make sure that your body is not twisted.
Pruning is another activity to be careful with. Stand as close as possible to what you are pruning. Be careful not to over-reach or strain. Invest in some long-handled secateurs to make this easier and avoid spending long periods looking upwards, especially if you are prone to neck pain.
Another common way to twinge your back is by lifting heavy items such as compost bags or large plant pots. If possible, ask someone else to help you. Use a trolley to get the heavy items as far as possible, always lift using your legs rather than your back and keep your elbows bent.
If you do over-do things, then now is a good time for your Chiropractic adjustment and/ or massage.