Follow these hints and tips and you will feel less stiff and sore after gardening, and you will be less likely to get an injury.
- Keep your back in its correct alignment – i.e. avoid excessive forward bending
- Push the mower with the whole body, not just your arms and shoulders. Keep your arms close to your sides in order to do this properly
- Wear good supportive and protective shoes.
- Have frequents stops and rests. DO NOT attempt to do the whole lawn in one session
- Keep the lawnmower close to your body and walk with it – DO NOT let it “run away” from you
- Wear a large rimmed hat and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and overheating.
WEEDING AND PLANTING
- DO squat or kneel down close to the area you are working on. Use a kneeler or kneepads for comfort
- Have frequent rests
- Stretch your leg muscles before and afterwards as well as frequently during the time you are kneeling
- Work only within easy, close ranges. Try to avoid excessive reaching. If you can’t reach something easily, move your body closer to it
- Use light tools and keep them close to you