Its that time of year again, the yard needs attention and its finally time to tackle that landscaping project. With the return of springtime comes yard work, and than can include a lot of labor intensive activities. It’s important to prepare and pace yourself to prevent injuries. Here are a few key points to remember when getting outside this spring and summer.
Do a quick warm-up; spend 5-10 minutes to get your back, knees, and shoulders moving. This can prevent over stressing or cramping a “cold muscle”.
Stay hydrated- even it’s cool outside, your body will require more water with the extra work you’re doing.
Use or ask for assistance- don’t try and do it all yourself, and use a dolly or wheelbarrow. It’s safer and you will be happier at the end of the day.
Pay attention to your body mechanics- remember to lift with your knees and not your back. Don’t spend hours hunched over pulling weeds.
Do a variety of things- don’t spends hours doing one tasks, switch it up so you don’t have too much repetitive tasks, that’s how you get injured.
Use knee pads or a gardening stool. These can take load off your joints and help with getting up and down from the ground.
The take-home points:
Enjoy being active!
Don’t overdo it!
And if you do have pain, call your favorite physical therapists and we’ll fix you up!