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Don't overdo when gardening

Don't overdo when gardening

Gardening can cause back pain and overuse injuries.

Safety suggestions include: 

  • Avoid long gardening sessions.
  • Warm up before gardening with slow, sustained stretches and remember to do basic back stretches during your gardening.
  • Rotate your tasks to avoid repetitive movements. For example, after 15 minutes of raking, swap to pruning for a while. 
  • Rest frequently and relax in the shade with a drink of water.
  • Avoid uncomfortable positions.
  • Bend at the knees and don’t strain when lifting heavy objects. If the object is too heavy for you, seek help.