~By Rich Sroka, PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
As the spring season approaches and warm weather returns, our “to do” list for spring cleaning, yard cleanup, and gardening grows. For many of us, it is a pleasure to finish a DIY project, plant a victory garden, or just feel great getting our hands dirty. It is easy to forget that many of us have been less than active over the winter months. Our muscles have weakened, joints stiffened, and endurance suffered. Ultimately, many of us turn our “to-do” list into an “over did-it” ache. To help prevent sprains, strains, and injury, remember a few simple tips:
1) Start slowly: Begin each project and set a daily time limit
2) Make a plan: Each project can be divided and completed over several days.
3) Listen to your body: The days of “no pain, no gain” are gone.
4) Try to assume good postures during project, avoid end range positions.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself and the warm seasons ahead!