Gardening is a hobby many people look forward to, especially in the spring and summer months. The National Gardening Association estimates approximately 40 million U.S. households maintain a garden.
Those addicted to this hobby know full well it is a total body workout that uses all of the major muscle groups: legs, glutes, abs, arms, shoulders, neck and back.
Many people don't realize the number of injuries that can occur from working in the garden. Dr. Barry Taylor, DC, an assistant professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University suggests the following guidelines for getting the most out of your gardening workout:
- Choose smaller, lighter bags of soil and make sure your knees are bent and
your back is straight before lifting any bags of soil. If you're not normally
physically active, it might be a good idea to have someone else till the soil
for you to prevent back injuries.