Get out and garden!

The days are getting longer and warmer and for those who have the gardening bug spring is beckoning to get outdoors and in the dirt! The green poking out of the ground can be an irresistible call for those with green thumbs. Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, beautify the community, and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables.  But those long, dark days of winter spent on the couch perusing gardening catalogs may have taken a toll and your body may not be ready to jump into the garden. A little bit of preparation before getting out there can help you enjoy your garden even more.

Common gardening chores such as raking and spring clean up can lead to back, neck and shoulders strains. Kneeling to pull weeds can strain both your back and knees. Gardening chores can become especially difficult as we age. But don’t despair! You can still get out and work in your garden just be sure to follow a few simple guidelines. Simply taking frequent breaks, using a cart to carry heavy objects and using long handled tools can go a long way to preventing pain or injury. By protecting your back and your hands while you are gardening you can ensure that you will enjoy the fruits, flowers and vegetables of your labor for years to come!

This tip is brought to you by the BMH Rehabilitation Services Department.