Been meaning to corral and remove the fallen leaves from your yard? Before you pick up your rake, consider the fact that yard work can cause upper or lower back strain, neck strain, and pain in the shoulders.
A body that isn’t prepared to twist, turn, and bend as you complete yard work may be at an increased risk for injury, says the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). To warm up, stretch gently and smoothly while breathing in and out slowly.
Donning certain accoutrements can help ensure that you won’t be left with back pain, blisters, or other ailments after doing yard work.
To keep blisters at bay, try wearing gloves while raking or operating yard equipment. If you have allergies or asthma, consider wearing a mask while you’re outside. Finally, be sure to drink lots of water before heading out.
Use the right stance
When raking, you’ll want to use a “scissors” stance. This involves putting your right foot forward and left food back for a few minutes. Then, change it up by putting your left foot forward and right foot back.
Make sure to balance the muscles being used, alternate your stance, and switch the side on which you’re operating the equipment from time to time. Once you've completed your yard work, do a few cool down stretches and be sure to drink plenty of water.