The keen gardeners amongst us will be out cutting the lawns, pruning, digging and sowing our seeds and giving the whole place a bit of a tidy up. Some may feel it’s time for spring cleaning the home too, so much more unaccustomed exercise perhaps and our bodies may well object.
So here’s a few tips to be body aware to protect yourself.
First of all listen to your body if it tells you it needs a break it probably does – pace yourself, a little and often may be more productive.
Breath out on the effort as this will engage the core better.
Think about doing different jobs in a session as repeated movements over a period of time is too much at first. A change is as good as a rest and you can achieve more.
Make sure you are in the right position for each job. On all fours for low level jobs such as weeding, cleaning skirting boards.
Medium height job such as – Pruning, watering, wheelbarrowing and digging.
Top height – pruning trying up poles and climbers, clearing your cobwebs.
Check you are not loading yourself up too much. It is better to make more trips of an achievable weight that overload yourself . Several light loads in the wheelbarrow are better than one really heavy load.
When dusting surfaces or perhaps waxing– clockwise and anti-clockwise on your right and left to balance your cleaning circles.
Try and use your left and right hands (or feet) for jobs although this is not always easy and having seen some of you trying extend the opposite arm and leg in exercises I’m not holding my breath on that one! It will be a bit like patting your head and rubbing your tummy the opposite way. It will challenge your brain too – an added bonus.
Bend your knees and keep your back straight when you pick up a heavy load.