Many people are finding new hobbies and ways to pass the time as they spend more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, interest in gardening is experiencing a boom among Americans. Whether you have recently developed a green thumb, or if it has been a passion of yours for a while, below are some tips to avoid common injuries.
- Make sure to lift heavy objects properly. To do this: Separate your feet so they are shoulder width apart. Bend at the knees, tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your leg muscles, not your back, as you stand up.
- To help avoid knee and back injuries from repetitive bending and kneeling in the garden, consider using a garden stool, which can help relieve pressure on your spine and knees.
- If you prefer to kneel in the garden, knee pads can be very helpful for preventing injury and can make kneeling much more comfortable and safe, especially if you have a history of knee surgery.
- Try to get up and stretch periodically to avoid cramping.
- Make sure you have the proper equipment. Gloves, appropriate footwear and long pants help protect against insect bites and injuries such as stepping on sharp objects or cuts from handling sharp tools. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
- Make sure to stay hydrated, especially in warm temperatures.
If you have any type of persistent pain, you should consult an orthopedic expert.