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Tips to Help You Stay Safe in Your Garden

Plants on a Gardening table with Garden tools

 

Tips for Gardening

Gardening is one of the most popular outdoor activities. Carrying out this activity not only fills us with peace and harmony, but it also offers some other great benefits, including

  • stress relief
  • improved strength in the hands and fingers

This sounds great, doesn’t it?

Woman gardening in dirt with a gardening toolBut.. gardening can become very challenging for our bodies if not performed in the correct way. Many tasks in the garden require use to bend over. It is important to keep a close eye on your posture when gardening, making sure you are not bent over for long periods of time all at once. Extra precautions are also needed to be taken when lifting objects in the garden.

It is thought currently in the UK there are more than 87,000 people per year admitted to hospital with injuries related to gardening.

Here are our Top 5 Tips to help you stay safe in your garden:

  1. Prepare for gardening. A short warm up followed by a few stretches will help to get your body ready for weeding, digging and seeding whilst keeping the risk of sprains and strains to a minimum.
  2. When gardening make sure to always keep your back straight especially when using tools such as rakes, hoes and spades. Where possible try sitting down or kneeling, making sure that your torso is also straight. Try using adjustable tools correct for your height to decrease the urge to bend.
  3. Bend your knees softly when lifting heavy objects in the garden such as watering cans or rubbish to ensure you don’t add excess pressure to your spine and muscles
  4. Stay hydrated! This is crucial to your health and well-being as our bodies are made up of 70% water. Sufficient amounts of water keep the nervous system functioning at peak condition and keeps our muscles and joints moving to the best of their ability. Keep a bottle of water close to you to remind you to stay hydrated
  5. Split big or long jobs into smaller ones to avoid repetitive work, one of the biggest causes of back pain. Take regular breaks or try switching activities.

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