Friday, March 20, 2015

Gardening can be physically difficult

Spring is in the air--the birds, the budding trees, even yardwork looks like fun.

But the American Chiropractic Assn says it's important to stretch your muscles before reaching for the shovel and rake.

The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are major muscle groups affected by yard work.

--Prop your heel on a back door step, knee slightly bent. Bend forward until you feel a slight pull in the back of your leg--the hamstring. Hold 20 secs. Relax. Do it once more, then twice on the other leg.

--Stand up, get your balance, grab the front of your ankle from behind and pull your heel toward your buttock--hold 15 secs. Do again, repeat on other leg.

Stand, weave your fingers together above your head, palms up. Lean to one side for 10 secs, then the other. Do this three times.

When using outdoor equipment with a strap--use it as instructed.

Alternate the side on which you are doing work.

AND--this is from me--never mow barefoot or in flip flops,. That is a terrible way to get a pedi.

2 comments:

Anna Maria said...

I'm reading your blog with sore shoulders from too much yard work. I forget every Spring that I need to ease into digging and shoveling slowly but just as soon as it warms up, I'm out there getting sore muscles again. :)

Star Lawrence said...

Tsk...kidding...You are so lucky you can get out in the yard, I am too creaky... Should have stretched while young, I guess.