Gardening the AARP way
I don't know why I get the AARP magazine. I mean, how old does that mean I am?
Or is this like McDonalds, where you don't need to be 65 to get a cheaper cup of coffee?
Anyway. This month's edition has Valerie Bertinelli on the cover, which makes me feel like a dinasour. But it also has some gardening tips for saving your back and knees at this time of year.
The article recommends specific exercises to strengthen the muscles used in, say, raking or pushing a wheelbarrow. And it also gives instruction on the right way to do these chores to save your back and knees.
For example: Don't overload the wheelbarrow. Use your legs to lift the handles and your arms to push. Try not to use your back for either of these moves.
For raking? Short, quick movements; keep the rake close to the body and switch sides every 2 to 3 minutes.
Illustration courtesy of clkr.com