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Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to begin digging, planting, and weeding to get your garden ready for the season. Although gardening is good for the soul, it can take a toll on the body. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up home-grown tomatoes and freshly picked flowers. Here are the top tips for pain free gardening.

How to Feel Great When Gardening

1. Warm Up
Just like any other exercise, gardening requires a proper warm up to increase blood flow and prepare muscles. Before you begin, go on a brisk walk or do active stretches with your arms, legs, and spine to get your body ready to move.

2. Use Tools
Gardening requires repetitive kneeling, lifting, squatting, and gripping, which may lead to injury. Using ergonomic gardening tools will make your gardening easier while reducing the chance of strain and injury. Choose ergonomic gloves, curved hand tools, kneepads, garden seats, and coil hoses.

3. Take Breaks
It may be tempting to finish your gardening chores in one day. However, it’s important that you don’t overdo it. We recommend spreading your gardening over 3 to 5 days to give your body adequate rest.

4. Build Accessible Gardens
Bring the plants to you by building raised garden beds, container gardens, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Not only do they provide a nice aesthetic to your home and garden, but they’ll also reduce your workload.

5. Ask for Help
Instead of trying to move a heavy object by yourself, ask a family member, neighbor, or friend for assistance.

If you’re a gardener who suffers from joint pain, don’t give up on your hobby just yet. By making a few adjustments, it’s possible to feel great when gardening.

Visit Lakeview Family Medicine

At Lakeview Family Medicine, helping patients overcome joint pain is our number one specialty. We have many years of experience in the field and have seen great improvement in our patients. Come in for a visit, and we’ll be happy to explain more of what we do.