Let's Get Physical
The Right Equipment
While you may want to use a manual mower and rake to get the best workout,
consider using tools designed to put less strain on your body. Raised beds and
portable stools mean less bending and stooping. If you must kneel, use foam
pads to cushion knees. Long-handled tools with good grip surfaces will also
help. Try products ergonomically designed to make gardening easier, such as
those produced by Fiskars, Ames, and Achievable Concepts.
If you do strain yourself, the American Chiropractic Association suggests
applying a cold pack during the first 48 hours or a heat pack after 48 hours.
Sunbeam's Health at Home hot/cold flexible back wrap inflates so it stays in
place. Also try rubs and bath soaks; Porter's Gardener's Quick Relief Muscle
Rub combines castor bean and soybean oils with Arnica montana and
eucalyptus leaf oil. Kathy's Family "Call It a Day" lavender and clary
sage soak relieves aches and reduces inflammation.
At the end of the day, don't forget the real reason you garden, whatever
that may be. Exercise is simply a wonderful side benefit of the activity you
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