Leaves are changing, snow is coming, that means you’ve got some prep work to do! Check out these great tips I got from a fellow coach. You can get your yard cleaned up AND get in a mild workout at the same time!
- Avoid twisting your body while raking. Use your legs to shift your weight rather than twisting your back. Throwing leaves over the shoulder or to the side while raking involves twisting movements that can overly strain the muscles in the back.
- Use a properly-sized rake for your height and strength.
- Wear gloves to help prevent blisters on the hands.
- Bend at the knees, rather than the waist, to pick up items.
- Do some form of light exercise for ten minutes to warm up the muscles prior to raking.
- Try to vary your movements as much as you can to avoid overuse of muscle groups.
- Wear shoes with skid-resistant soles to minimize the risk of falling. Sturdy shoes can also reduce the risk of injuries to your feet.
- Don’t overdo. Raking is an aerobic activity – you may need to take frequent breaks or slow your pace if you are an infrequent exerciser. (It’s better to live with the leaves tomorrow than with a sore back!)
- As with any form of exercise, be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
- When you’re done, gentle muscle stretching can help relieve tension in the muscles. A hot bath can relax muscles.