Proper Gardening Biomechanics

Gardening is on the rise, yet about one in every five do-it-yourself injuries occurs during the activity.  It's important to recognize, however, gardening does not cause injury.  Poor gardening technique causes injury.

Planting flowers or an organic vegetable garden should be enjoyable.  Call me crazy, but I actually think weeding is a great way to relieve stress and connect with nature!  However, spending time working in the yard or garden is not fun if you wake up sore the next day.

My low back was very tight before I headed out to my garden on Saturday.  I never would have been able to enjoy the day in the garden without practicing what I preach.  Stacy's number one rule while gardening?  AVOID BENDING OVER AT THE WAIST!

Improper form

Garden-Improper Bend 

Instead, avoid discomfort by alternating between sitting on a stool (get creative, an upside down pot can work just as well)

 Garden Sit

And kneeling

Garden Kneel

Remember to keep your work close to you and tighten your abdominal muscles if you need to reach or move.  It is also important to keep your wrist in alignment and avoid "flicking" your wrist as you dig.

For more information on gardening biomechanics, check out the proper lifting technique demonstration.

Learn more about Stacy Walters, RKT at www.fittogarden.com

Related posts:

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Caring for Baby: What to Use and What Toxins to Avoid
RECALL: Fruit, Vegetable & Sandwich Products Containing Apples Due To Possible Listeria Contamin...
One Direction, Justin Bieber, Leah Michelle & More Join Elephant Project To Raise Money For The ...

16 Comments

  • I don’t know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering issues
    with your blog. It appears as though some of the text in your content are running off the
    screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know
    if this is happening to them as well? This might be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had this happen before.
    Thank you

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • I was pretty pleased to discover this site.
    I want to to thank you for ones time for this particularly
    fantastic read!! I definitely really liked
    every little bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to look at new things in your website.

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • I was curious if you ever thought of changing the
    page layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to
    say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so
    people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot
    of text for only having 1 or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out
    better?

  • When I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox
    and now each time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the exact same
    comment. Is there an easy method you can remove me from that service?

    Appreciate it!

  • Hi there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this
    site? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  • Hello, after reading this amazing article i am too happy
    to share my experience here with colleagues.

  • It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people about this
    topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking
    about! Thanks

  • bookmarked!!, I love your site!

  • Excellent post. I certainly love this site.
    Keep writing!

  • Good information. Lucky me I found your site by chance (stumbleupon).

    I have saved it for later!

  • Some truly interesting info, well written and broadly user friendly.

  • When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Cheers!

  • Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all
    your posts! Keep up the great work!

  • Admiring the persistence you put into your blog and detailed information you present. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Excellent read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.