While gardening is an incredibly peaceful and therapeutic activity, it can also be hard on your body – especially if you already struggle with joint or muscle pain. That’s why it’s important to use all of the tricks and tools available to you.
We’ve teamed up with Voltarol to share some top tips to help minimise the impact of gardening on your body.
Gardening works a lot of muscles and joints so treat it like a workout by warming up before you start.
Go for a brisk walk around the garden or do some gentle stretches to help get your heart pumping and your muscles warmed up.
You may only have the weekend to get all your garden jobs done, but that doesn’t mean you should work to exhaustion!
Space out your gardening jobs over the week if you can. An hour’s session a few times a week is less likely to stress your joints and cause injury.
Use the right tools
There’s lots of tools and accessories out there to help ease the physical stress of gardening.
Long-handled tools can eliminate much of the bending required by planting and weeding. A wheelbarrow will make it easy to carry heavy objects. And ergonomic tools, with a curved and easy grip handle are helpful if you have arthritis in your hands.
Mix it up
Avoid long periods of repetitive gardening. Vary the activity you do, alter your position regularly and reduce the continuous time spent digging or bending. Take lots of breaks and keep hydrated!
For more safe lifting tips, head to the NHS website.
Get support from kneelers and chairs
Heavy-duty kneelers, especially those with raised, padded handles can help you get up and down, allowing you to use your arm strength to aid in the process.
Kneelers also usually include a well-cushioned base to reduce stress and impact on your knees and back.
Consider raised beds
Many injuries can be caused by bending and lifting, therefore having a raised bed or potted plants at a height that is comfortable for you will be greatly beneficial and reduces the need to bend down frequently.
Listen To Your Body
If you begin to feel pain, don’t try and push through it. Any slight twinges could be your body’s way of saying that something’s not right, and persisting with the activity may lead to injury. If in doubt, leave it out!
Ask for help!
Finally, you may be reluctant to ask for help, but don’t be – especially if you have a big job to do that you know will require more hands.
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