Gardening is a great way to stay active, keep you busy, and not to mention is a favorite hobby for many! But gardening isn’t always easy especially if you suffer from arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 23-percent of all adults in the United States have arthritis. Thankfully there are ways you can manage.
Gardening with arthritis can be a bit of a learning curve but you simply need to adapt and learn how to manage the pain. Follow along as we explore the top tips that will help prevent arthritis symptoms and ensure you’re having fun and enjoying gardening.
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Start by Planning and Set Manageable Goals
Gardening can be a lot of work and your plants will need maintenance all summer. Before starting it would be best to make a plan so you can spread out your tasks throughout the week. This will prevent you from overloading your day, and putting too much stress on your joints.
To begin, start by prioritizing the tasks that are most important to you such as weeding your front garden or hauling debris. It would also be a good idea to plan smarter so you can reduce your workload later in the season. Some great ideas include laying mulch on your flower beds so they can retain moisture better or using a weed mat to deter annoying weeds.