It’s time to spend some time on my garden. Is there any way to prevent the pain I get every year?

As the weather gets warmer, spending time outside in the garden is a great way to stay active. It’s important to know how to garden safely so you can enjoy the beautiful sunshine without injury. The Ontario Chiropractic Association has provided a number of helpful tips to allow you to plant and rake without the ache (

When lifting, make sure to bend your knees to lift with ease. Keep your back straight, and bring the object close to your body to protect your spine. Use your muscles to lift slowly. When you need to change directions, pivot with your feet, keep your back as straight as possible, and use the muscles in your legs and arms together. Avoid twisting while lifting or carrying a load.

As with all physical activities, visiting a doctor may be an important first step.

Before you begin, make sure that you are well-hydrated, and you’re dressed right for the job: shoes or boots with treaded soles, and make sure to have gloves to protect your hands from painful blisters. Just as you would before any other exercise, make sure to warm up with a five to 10-minute walk first.

Don’t forget that many hands make light work! Ask for help with heavy or awkward objects, and make your work easier…and more fun!