Fall Yard Work Tips

Pumpkin patch, apple cider, sweaters/hoodies, and those beautiful piles of leaves all over the lawn. Fall of the year is upon us once again.  Raking leaves is the perfect opportunity to soak up some fresh air while getting in a workout at the same time, and the lawn will look great.  Raking leaves is considered moderate physical activity, similar to a brisk walk, swimming or mowing a lawn. 

With all the bending, twisting, pulling, and reaching motions that go along with leaf raking, it is easy to end up with achy, pulled and sometimes torn muscles.  Raking leaves may seem like an easy activity, but it can be strenuous and often accompanied by aches and pains.

Here are a few quick tips to keep you healthy and pain-free during the fall season.

  • Warm up and take it slow.
  • Use a rake that is comfortable for your size and strength.
  • Avoid twisting while raking, use your legs to shift the weight instead.
  • Bend those knees when picking up leaves and not the waist.
  • Remember shoes!  Opt for slip resistant shoes, especially if the leaves are wet.

Following some of these simple tips will help get the yard cleaned up, decrease chance of injury, and allow you to enjoy the beautiful fall weather – that is until the wind blows the neighbors leaves into your beautiful space.

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