- Use raised beds or containers for planting; this decreases the amount of leaning and bending.
- Use gloves or pad your garden tool handles with grip tape or foam to prevent blisters.
- Walk or stretch before gardening--this reduces the likelihood of a pulled muscle.
- Avoid sunburn—wear a hat, garden early or late in the day and use sunscreen.
- Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.
- Let Mother Nature help you out—use plants that repel certain bugs to reduce your exposure to pesticides.
Health Tips update for Wednesday, May 26: It’s been a long, long winter for some of us, but now it’s planting time. So get out the shovel, hoe, watering can and the muscle rub cream. Yes, the muscle rub cream. The bending, kneeling and lifting associated with gardening can take its toll on the body. Here are a few tips to keep you off the DL this year: