Its May 2012 and the weather is terrific for gardening, taking to the trails and attending to maintenance of the house and property. Here are some healthy reminders on how to avoid neck, back, shoulder and hip pain while ” gettin er done.”
While gardening remember to take breaks from bending over and change your position frequently.
If you have been less active during the winter and early spring, let your body warm up and awaken to the trails a little slower. Stop and stretch if you start to feel tight, slow and shorten your gait temporarily if you feel stiff, and remember to breath full and deep..relaxing the shoulders and neck when inhaling.
Spring cleaning can involve all manner of house and yard maintenance. When working above your head or with arms extended in front of your body ( i.e. using hedge trimmers or a chain saw) remember the neck, back, shoulders, arms and hands can fatigue. Take a break, hydrate, stretch and vary the activity by doing something else for awhile.