Tackle Yard Work Wisely

Sarah Jackson, writing in the The Olympian (Tackle Yard Work Wisely), discusses safe gardening techniques and tools.

Some of her ideas and tips for a safe and productive gardening workout include:

  • Get on the ball – Use an inflatable exercise ball as a base for garden work
  • Bring the garden to you – Use raised beds, containers and trellises to reduce the amount of bending
  • Kneelers, kneepads – Prevent scrapes, bruises and dirty knees
  • Sit down – A cart, bench, or stool can keep you in a more comfortable position
  • Use effective tools – Clean, sharp, well-oiled, long-handled tools can reduce back, knee and hip strain
  • Go ergonomic – Fat, soft handles are better for gripping than those that are thin and rigid

This article echoes an earlier blog entry (Gardening With RSI), for those who enjoy a garden but want to minimize the potential problems, or work around an existing RSI condition.

Here’s another interesting article on the subject of yard work (in this case, raking leaves): The Raking Game: Warm-up routine and gear you need to survive the season.

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

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