Do you find that after raking those fall leaves your back is feeling sore? This is more common than you think. Due to the repetitive motion it can strain the muscles in your back, neck and shoulders. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of back pain.
- Warm up your muscles: It’s easy to warm up your muscles before you rake. You can go for a walk around the block or around the yard just to get that blood flowing.
2. Check the rake height: Make sure your rake is tall enough to keep you from having to bend to far forward.
3. Proper Posture: Always try and keep a straight back while raking. Bend through the hips and knees instead of your back. Avoid twisting and make sure to pull the rake directly towards you and not to the side. Consider investing in a tool that helps you pick up the leaves instead of bending forward. If you must bend, bend at the knees.
4. Change Hand Positions: Alternate hands to prevent fatigue on one side.
5. Take Breaks: Take frequent breaks or break the work up over a couple days. Make sure to drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration.
6: Cool Down: Do some easy stretches to help cool down and decrease muscle soreness after raking.
With the help of these tips you should be able to enjoy your yard this fall without injury.