Prevent Back Pain – In The Garden

DO some gentle stretching before you start gardening

DO bend your knees, not your back, when digging and weeding

DO use a kneeler and other equipment designed to prevent back strain

DO keep close to the tree or shrub you are pulling out and don’t jerk things out suddenly

DO keep your tool-shed tidy; it will save you stretching past piles of equipment next time

DO switch tasks about rather than, for example, doing hours of heavy digging

DO pace yourself to your own fitness level; don’t overdo it

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