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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