06 Jun 7 ways to prevent injuries during yard work
There’s nothing quite like digging your fingers into the dirt and beautifying your yard once the warmer weather hits.
Maintaining your lawn and garden are well worth the effort when you enjoy the fruits of your labour by way of flowers, green grass and a veggie haul.
But no matter your age or fitness level, all of the kneeling, bending, twisting and lifting can bring about injuries like muscle sprains and strains. That’s why it’s extra important to prioritize safety and follow proper techniques to prevent injuries.
We’ve compiled a few ways to stay safe while working on the yard:
Always warm up and stretch. Going from zero to 100 doesn’t do you any favours! Yard work can be very physically demanding, so it’s important to treat it as you would any other workout. Warm up your major muscle groups (especially in your back, hips, arms and legs) to improve flexibility and reduce the risk of injury. Similarly, finish your yard work with a quick full-body stretch session to help you cool down.
Invest in ergonomic equipment. Ergonomic equipment will reduce strain on your body, promote proper posture and minimize muscle fatigue, especially during repetitive motions. It’s worth looking into different ergonomic tools and attachments to stop potential issues before they progress—and make yard work more comfortable, too.
Wear proper gear. You may think you don’t need to worry about what you’re wearing for basic yard work, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Wear closed-toe shoes and heavy-duty gloves to keep your digits safe, and consider wearing breathable clothing and pants to protect you from scratches and ticks.
Keep a tidy workspace. Remove any potential hazards from the area you’re working in, like debris, branches or rocks, to prevent accidents.
Lift properly. Make sure to protect your back by using proper lifting techniques. Bend at your knees and hips, keeping your back straight, and lift with your legs. Avoid twisting your body while carrying heavy items.
Take breaks and listen to your body. It’s easy to keep going when you’re in a groove, but the physicality of the work and potential high temperatures mean you should take regular breaks to avoid dehydration or heat exhaustion. Rest, cool down and hydrate your body. You can also aim to work in the cooler hours, like in the early morning and evening, or break tasks into shorter sessions.
Pre-schedule a massage. Even if you follow these tips, you’re likely to feel a little sore after a hard day’s work in the yard. The solution? Schedule a massage therapy appointment with Massago. We make it easy to book an appointment with one of our RMTs. Simply enter your address into our booking platform and your massage will come to you!
By following these tips for preventing injuries during yard work, you’ll be well on your way to a safer summer—with a beautiful lawn and garden, to boot!
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