Avoid Pain When Planting Flowers With a Few Tips
By Brandi Goodman
National Plant a Flower Day arrives before the middle of March. Before that day arrives, people who plan to participate need to be aware of how best to handle the activity. Gardening can cause a lot of strain on the back and body if you're not careful. With a few tips in mind, you can plant your flowers on this national day and any other time you want without worry of an injury to your back.
Take Frequent Breaks
Planting a flower isn't as simple as digging up a small spot of dirt and sticking the flower in the ground. You may need to spend time moving weeds out of the way, digging a large hole to fit the flower, and packing the dirt back in around it. After hunching over the space, your back can quickly start to feel sore. Taking breaks between each step of the process allows you the time to stretch and recover so you're less likely to experience any discomfort. This is especially important if you plan to plant more than just a flower or two.
Many people do not have a very large space to sit as they tend to their gardening projects. They may end up sitting along the ledge and twisting their bodies to reach a particular area because of this. It is imperative that you avoid twisting when you're planting flowers. A twisted back kept in this position will quickly develop a severe ache. It may even be painful to come out of that position and sit normally after, with one side of the back stuck in the way you were sitting.
Any activity you plan to participate in, planting or not, requires you to stay hydrated. You want your body to be able to handle the moves you need without becoming overworked quickly. Drinking plenty of water while you plant will help your muscles stay hydrated and working well. It can also help to prevent injury.
Planting flowers and tending to other gardening activities can cause much more strain on the body than one might think. With a few tips in mind, anyone looking to celebrate National Plant a Flower Day in March can do so without fear of their back locking up or pulling a muscle in their arm. Complete the activity with care so you're able to enjoy your hard work.
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