Health Tip: When Gardening Triggers Back Pain
(HealthDay News) -- Gardening is a great form of exercise, but it can also leave you with a painful backache.
The American Council on Exercise suggests how to garden without hurting yourself:
Use correct posture and form.
Warm up before you garden with a 10-minute walk.
Make sure all of your movements are smooth and steady.
Keep your abdominal muscles taut.
Lift with your legs (never your back).
Don't twist your back while digging.
Breathe regularly. Exhale when you lift, and inhale as you lower a heavy load.
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