womenshealth.gov, a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, recently published the following tips written by Health Day News.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says although the exact causes of muscle cramps aren’t known, the following conditions are thought to increase your risk:
- Having tight muscles that haven’t been stretched.
- Having poorly conditioned muscles that become easily fatigued.
- Overusing your muscles.
- Exerting yourself in extreme heat.
- Being dehydrated.
- Having low levels of essential minerals and salt, including potassium.
Tips on Avoiding Hurting Yourself While Gardening
The American Council on Exercise suggests how to garden without hurting yourself:
- Use correct posture and form.
- Warm up before you garden with a 10-minute walk.
- Make sure all of your movements are smooth and steady.
- Keep your abdominal muscles taut.
- Lift with your legs (never your back).
- Don’t twist your back while digging.
- Breathe regularly. Exhale when you lift, and inhale as you lower a heavy load.