Now that fall is here, it’s time to get our gardens ready for the upcoming winter season. But that means a lot of time dedicated to raking leaves, weeding beds, trimming bushes, and pruning trees which can leave you with sore muscles or stiffness in your back, arms or legs.
Here are some tips on how you can avoid minor injuries:
Warm Up: Prepare your body for a lot of bending and lifting by first stretching and warming up like you would any sporting activity.
Protect Eyes and Skin: Wearing safety glasses and gloves can help shield you against exposure to any chemicals, pesticides or irritants. Gloves can also help prevent cuts, scrapes and blisters. Using sunscreen or protective clothing can help limit skin damage due to sun exposure.
Hydrate and Rest: It’s vital to stay hydrated while engaging in strenuous outdoor activity. Sip water and sip often while working. It’s also important to take breaks in a shaded or cooler area especially if it’s warm out.
Use Proper Tools: Using lightweight tools that are ergonomically designed to make digging and weeding easier. Using handle extenders can also reduce some bending and reaching. Keep your equipment clean and sharp so using them will require a lot less effort on your part.
If pain still manages to slow you down from the hobby you love, you can relieve it at the first sign with Boiron’s Arnicare line. Arnicare can help relieve muscle aches and stiffness, swelling and discoloration from bruises.* Arnicare contains Arnica montana, a type of mountain daisy that has been used for centuries as a pain reliever.
Arnicare is available in oral pellets and tablets that may be used in conjunction with Arnicare Gel, Cream or Ointment. All topical formulas are unscented, paraben-free and do not contain artificial colors or perfumes.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.