It’s that time of year, when you pull out your rakes and get to work cleaning up your front lawn and back yards.
If you’re like me, now that the weather has cooled off, you may enjoy getting out and doing some physical work on the evenings and weekends. But it’s probably been a year since you have done any heavy raking or carried bags of wet leaves.
You may not realize it, but these activities put you at risk for a variety of injuries such as strained backs, shoulder irritation, and much more.
Prepare yourself with some stretching, walking around the house, or doing jumping jacks. Warming up your muscles will help reduce the risk of injury.
Remember chilly temperatures reduced blood flow to our arms and legs so our muscles do not perform at their best. Adding extra layers of clothing helps reduce the chance of pain and injury.
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