It’s a great time of year. Football, hearty soups and chili, Halloween, and the beautiful autumn colors make the season full of great things to look forward to. Then, there is raking leaves. Some people enjoy yard work, after all it is a great way to keep moving! Here are some tips to avoid back injuries while raking your yard this autumn.
Tips to Keep your Back Healthy while Raking:
- Stretch Before Yard Work – Stretch your back, arms, and legs before you start raking. Think of it as another workout – and you always stretch before a workout, right?
- Choose the Correct Rake – Get a rake that is proportionate to your body size (not too long or too short). This will keep you from straining or altering your posture.
- Bend with your Knees – Bend a little in your knees and hips. Keep your back straight when you rake.
- Stay Hydrated – As always, drink a lot of water, especially when you are exercising. This will help your muscles to function at their best.
- Take a Break – Take your time when you rake. Enjoy the weather, take deep breaths and frequent breaks. The season goes fast so enjoy it!
- Get a Helper – Raking with a family member or friend helps reduce the workload, making it easier. It also can make it more fun! Even if that helper is a kid who mostly like to jump in piles of leaves, let them “help” – it creates lifelong healthy habits when families exercise and keep moving together.
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These tips will help you reduce injuries, while keeping your body moving! When you need to come in again, you can reach Caspers Chiropractic in Hutchinson at 320-587-2292, or Shakopee at 952-977-9933. You can also click here to schedule an appointment. We’re ready to help! For more health tips and insight, follow the Caspers Facebook page.