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5 Ways to Prevent Injuries When Gardening


2. Lift Heavy Bags Properly

Bags of soil, mulch and fertilizer can be quite heavy and awkward. To prevent back injuries, remember to bend at the knees and lift with your legs. Don’t bend and lift with your back. The biggest and strongest muscles in your legs can bear the brunt of the weight.

Dropping the weight safely is as important as lifting it. Most people tend to lift a bag, then twist and drop it. Not only can this twisting action tweak your back, it can cause pressure on your hips. Instead, remember to move your feet, then turn your body and drop your load. This technique should be used when shoveling as well.

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