6 Tips for Autumn Chores

  • 6 Tips for Autumn Chores

    As the weather cools down, you might have some extra chores around the yard. Be sure to consider these tips before you get started:

    • Warm Up
    • Use proper tools
    • Make it a full body workout
    • Switch sides regularly
    • Pace yourself
    • Exercise year round
  • Be Sure to Warm Up

    Raking uses many muscles in your body including: arms, shoulders, legs and your upper and lower back.

    Warming up with a few gentle stretching exercises and a short walk around the block before you even pickup the rake or shovel could save you pain tomorrow.

    Healthy Tips: A 10 minute walk will also help you enjoy the scenery

    6 Tips for Autumn Chores
  • Use Proper Tools

    If you are outside raking or shoveling, find a tool that is the appropriate height and weight. This will prevent you from feeling the need to hunch over, which could hurt your lower back.

    Before buying gardening equipment, test it out in the store to see how it feels, and make sure it is the proper size for you and the type of work that will be done.

    Healthy Tips: Try out new tools in the store to test for comfort.

    6 Tips for Autumn Chores

  • Make It a Full Body Workout

    Raking should be a whole body workout - don’t make your back do all of the work! Instead, bend your knees and lift those bags and wheelbarrows full of leaves with your legs! Use your arms to help you rake and stand as straight as is comfortable with your knees bent and your feet hip-width apart.

    In addition, you should avoid twisting your upper torso because it can aggravate the muscles in your back. Instead, turn your whole body.

    Most of all, have fun with the whole family!

    6 Tips for Autumn Chores

  • Switch Sides Regularly

    Like dribbling a basketball, people tend to favor one hand or side of their body when they're raking or shoveling. To avoid using the same muscles to do the same movement repetitively, try switching sides every few minutes to avoid muscle fatigue.

    Healthy Tips: Use both sides when you rake to prevent injuries.

    6 Tips for Autumn Chores

  • Pace Yourself, Know Your Limits

    Ease into autumn clean up and take regular breaks every 15-20 minutes.

    Stop, walk around, stretch and enjoy some hot chocolate or apple cider!

    These frequent breaks will give you time to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the autumn weather.

    6 Tips for Autumn Chores

  • Exercise Year Round

    People who exercise year round are less likely to injure themselves while doing outdoor chores, as their muscles are more accustomed to physical activity.

    Health Tips: Exercise and a good diet can help you gain more energy.

    6 Tips for Autumn Chores

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