Leaf Raking Tips To Ease Back Pain
It’s that time of year when all those lovely leaves have fallen and cluttered your yard with a decidedly un-lovely mess. If you have a power blower and leaf vac, good for you. For the rest of us it’s picking up the rake and getting down to business. Here are some useful tips on raking safely and avoiding stress and strain on your back compliments of BusinessWire.com.
Warm up – Raking uses many muscles in your body – arms, shoulders, and upper and lower back. Warming up with a few gentle stretching exercises and a short walk around the block before you even pick-up the rake could save you pain tomorrow.
Avoid twisting and hunching – To keep your back aligned, try to stand as straight as is comfortable with your knees bent and your feet hip-width apart. In addition, you should avoid twisting your upper torso because it can aggravate the muscles in your back. Instead, turn your whole body.
Pace Yourself and know your limits – Ease into fall yard work and take regular breaks every 15-20 minutes. Stop, walk around, stretch and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. These frequent breaks will give you time to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the fall weather.