It is that time of year again where you may find yourself doing a lot more gardening and yard work.
And because it does not matter how good your fitness level is, you can never prepare for this type of activity.
So, today I have a few helpful hints for you.
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Yard work and gardening will never go away.
Take a break every 20 minutes especially in the beginning to rest your back a bit and have a drink of water to keep hydrated.
Cycle through 2 or 3 different tasks if you can. Work one job for 20 minutes, take your break and move on to the next. Mixing up your activities like this can be a real back saver.
If something does not feel right (neck pain, arm pain, chest pain, low back pain, leg pain etc.), stop what you are doing right away.
Apply a cold compress to the problem area and get in to see me right away so I can take a look.
Gardening and yard work will much more enjoyable and a good bit of exercise for you if you do it ‘safe and smart’.
If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or anyone in your family may have, please give me a call.
Remember that consultations are always free of charge and family appointments are always available.
Our phone number is 905 335 5433 (LIFE) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link on our home page.
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