Gardening Tips for Lockdown and Beyond

By Robin Holland

As lockdown continues many of us are busy sorting out our homes and gardens. Gardening can be very physical and make us fitter and stronger. However there is also the potetntial for aches, pains and even injuries. Here are a few tips to keep you gardening pain-free:

  1. Start slowly. If you are new to gardening or haven’t done any in a while, don’t try to do it all at once. Start with a 20-30 minute session and build up the length of your sessions gradually.
  2. Change tasks regularly. Avoid doing any one task for too long, as this is usually when injuries occur. Changing tasks gives the muscles and soft tissues time to rest and recover. For example, try alternating between digging and pruning.
  3. Take regular breaks, gently stretch anything that feels sore or tight, or even just rest as needed.
  4. Know your limits when lifting. Avoid lifting anything too heavy and ask for help when needed. Think about alternative ways to move large objects. Could it be pushed or pulled instead?
  5. If you must lift heavy objects, think safety first. Keep the object close to your body and avoid twisting.
  6. Use good tools. Unless you have every gardening tool at your disposal, you will undoubtedly have to improvise at times, but using the right tool for the right job can make everything easier and safer.
  7. Grab a heat pack. After a good session gardening, a heat pack or a hot bath is a great way to soothe away any aches any pains.
  8. Don’t push through pain. If something really starts hurting, stop what you are doing and take a break. If the pain continues, particularly if it doesn’t ease after a few days, contact us at Physio Phoenix on 07849 774538

Happy gardening!