How to Safely Rake Your Leaves Like a Pro
By Donna Stark
You've spent the past several weeks driving around town, admiring the change in color on the trees, but now that admiration has turned to dread, hasn't it? Because those leaves that used to be dancing in the sky have now taken their party to your lawn, and they are expecting you to be in charge of cleanup, aren't they? Raking leaves and cleaning up flower beds is a lot of work but even worse than that, it can leave a body sore and achy. Luckily, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have some suggestions on how to get through the season with pain-free days! Take a look at what they recommend below.
Prepare Your Body
Before you even think about heading outdoors with a rake in one hand and a box of garbage bags in the other, you should warm up and stretch. That's right. Warm your muscles up as if you were about to begin a workout at the gym, because, after all, most of the work you are about to do requires your muscles to move in different ways than your body may be used to. Start with some deep stretches and then move on to some light movements. A short walk down your street and back is perfect for this.
Take Frequent Breaks
Wanting to get the work done as quickly as possible so you can go inside and enjoy the football game that is on the TV is fine, but rushing through your motions may increase the risk of injury so be careful. It's important to give your body the breaks it needs by stopping every 30 minutes or so for some water and rest.
Lighten Your Loads
Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to those bags of leaves you need to carry from one spot in your yard to another. Be sure to follow the tips below if you want to reduce your risk of pain and injury.
- Use proper lifting techniques
- Wear shoes that provide plenty of traction (leaves can be slippery if wet)
- Don't overstuff the bags with leaves
- Use a wheelbarrow or wagon to help move them
Rake Like a Pro
Now that you have some helpful tips to follow, it's time to start raking like a pro. And remember, if you happen to overdo it or if the worst-case scenario occurs, just head on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They will get you feeling better in no time!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Farragut, Tenn.