Spring is just around the corner! Gardening is a great springtime activity
to spend time outside, get fresh air, and enjoy the beautiful weather
while participating in a physical activity. Gardening activities include
digging, planting, weeding, mulching, and raking. These physical activities
are a great way to get moving but can also put stress on your joints and
muscles. We have compiled a list of tips to make sure that you can garden
safely while still enjoying the activity you love:
1. Warm up! Before you start lifting heavy flower pots or bags of mulch,
go for a short, brisk walk or work on some stretching exercises.
2. Use a wheelbarrow to move very heavy planting materials to avoid putting
strain on your back
3. Use knee pads or a small stool to sit on if kneeling on the ground is
causing pain in your knees. Also, do not stay in the same position for
too long. Make sure you're getting up and moving around to avoid stiffness
4. Use good body mechanics. This means that if you need to lift something
heavy, you should bend your knees, keep your back straight, and avoid
twisting your spine. Keep whatever you are lifting close to your body
and if it is very heavy, ask another person to help you move it.
5. When you are done gardening for the day, do some more stretching and
consider going for another short walk to cool down.
Use these tips when you garden and you should be able to enjoy a season
full of beautiful blooms without pain! If you do experience pain in your
body while gardening or enjoying other outdoor activities this spring,
call ProFysio for a free consultation!