It’s fall, and as the leaves turn colour, that usually means it’s time for raking lawns.
Here are some tips to help you keep your back in check:
Before you start, warm up your muscles with a brisk 10-minute walk around the block, or even on the spot. Swing your arm and lift your knees to enhance the benefit. Warm-ups can improve muscle dynamics to reduce injury and help prepare the body for the stresses of exercise.
Follow your warm with these easy stretches. Repeat each stretch 5 times on each side and hold for 15 seconds. Relax and do not overextend yourself while stretching. Remember to take frequent stretch breaks while working on your yard.
: Extend your right arm over your head, then bend towards the left from the waist.
: Hold one arm out in front of you, palm down. Bend your wrist until the fingers point to the ground; use your opposite hand to hold this position. Hold one arm in front of you and place your palm in the “stop” position; use your opposite hand to hold this position. Place your hands in “prayer” position, and press your palms together.
: In a seated position, bend forward from the hips, keeping your head down. Touch your fingers to the ground.
Rest when you’re tired and take time out for stretching to loosen tense muscles.
As with any other physical activity, be safe and enjoy!
For further information on what activities are right for you, visit one of our Chiropractors at the New Hamburg Wellness Centre.
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