Raking the leaves can provide
good exercise and a chance to enjoy the autumn weather,
but it can also result in back strain and sore muscles.
The Canadian Physiotherapy Association offers the
following tips to keep raking risk-free:
- If you have a heart condition or other medical
problems, talk to your doctor before raking.
- Wear well-fitting shoes with good soles that will
- Do stretches and warm-up exercises before you
- When raking, hold the rake handle close to your
body to help maintain good posture. Keep one hand
near the top of the rake handle for better leverage.
Use your arms and legs more than your spine when
raking. Ergonomic rakes can help reduce the strain
on your body.
- Change sides frequently while raking and avoid
twisting at the waist.
- Pace yourself and take frequent breaks and/or
change to a different activity.
- When bagging leaves, lift manageable loads and
keep your back straight and use your legs to do
the lifting. If you have to stoop to pick up leaves,
face the pile of leaves and don't twist as you lift.
- Don't pile too many leaves into one bag -- especially
if they're wet.
- When you finish for the day, do cool-down exercises.
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