All the bending, lifting, lugging, and tugging we do when we're gardening takes it's toll, particularly on the back. However, there are things you can do to protect your back while still enjoying your time digging in some soil. Just follow these easy steps:
Warm up: Before jumping right in you should walk around the yard for a few minutes. Try collecting all your tools at this time and getting everything organized so once you start you don't have to keep stopping and searching for items. Move any heavy potteryinto position before you start.
Bend Correctly: Bending over from the waist with your knees locked is the most common mistake gardener's make. Either bend forward from your hips or bend your knees and squat down. This transfers the weight you are trying to life to your thighs and buttocks. We sell a device called "Pot Lifter"that is awesome for lifting large objects not just garden pottery. Click here to find out more information.
Avoid twists and turns: Avoid being repetitive with movements. If you are performing the same movements over and over, like shoveling dirt, stop time to time and take a break. When filling a large planter with soil, try doing it in a couple of steps. Fill the pot half full, move on to something else and come back and finishing filling the planter.
Wear comfortable, cushioned shoes: There are gardening shoes that have nice thick soles that help to minimize the impact on your feet. They also help with alignment so you don't trip or stumble while walking on uneven surfaces.
Cool down after gardening: When your chores are complete, this is the time to sit down and enjoy your hard work. Look at your stunning potted planters and savor the view. Relax, stretch your muscles while they cool and enjoy a final glance at all that you have accomplished. If you have access to a hot tub this is the ultimate reward for a day of hard work.
Drawing 1 shows the incorrect to bending. Don't lock knees.
Drawing 2 shows the best way to bend when lifting.
Drawing 3 show a great way to relax your back after gardening all day.
If you follow even a few of these moves, we think you will find your gardening experience much more enjoyable. It's the little things that make a big difference.