Tip of the Week – Gardening Tips

  • Warm up before you begin.  A 10-minute walk followed by some  stretches for your upper and lower back, neck, arms, and legs.  Roll your shoulders back in a circular motion and slowly move your head from side to side a few times to loosen up.
  • Don’t overdo it.  Be mindful of how your body feels. If you experience an aching back or neck, stop and switch to a different task. Use a garden cart or wheelbarrow to move tools and heavy planting materials.
  • Don’t kneel on both knees.  Keep one foot on the ground to give your back more stability.  If you have to kneel, use knee pads or a pillow to absorb some of the pressure.
  • Change positions and take frequent breaks to avoid stiffness or cramping.
  • Start with smaller projects and build gradually.  Don’t try to do it all at once.
  • Practice proper body mechanics.  Bend your knees and contract your abdominal muscles to avoid straining your back.
  • At the end your gardening session, take a short walk or light stretching.  Taking a warm bath or shower may help to prevent muscle pain the next day.