Getting out the rake? Don’t let your back break!

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Getting out the rake? Don’t let your back break!

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As fall deepens and the temperatures drop, so do the leaves. If you are like most of us, you will want to clean these to help keep your lawn clean and healthy. However raking, like shoveling, can create an achy back if not done correct.
 
Below is a list of hints and strategies to help keep your back healthy, while raking up the leaves.
 
 

  1. WARM UP

Before you get the rake out and start raking, go for a brisk walk. A 5 to 10 minute walk can mean the difference between a leaf free lawn and a visit to the chiropractor.

 
 

  1. WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR

Wearing shoes with good traction will help keep your balance and prevent any slipping on the dewy grass and leaves.  Shoes with arch support will also support your feet and help prevent any achy feet after a long days work.
 

  1. LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS

When lifting, the biggest problem is not how much weight you are lifting but how many times you are lifting. Making sure you lift with your legs, using you hips and knees is important to keep the load off of your back.

  1. AVOID OVER REACH

When raking leaves, people will often over reach or over extend themselves to get to the pile of leaves that is just out of reach. This is also the time most people will hurt their back. To avoid this, focus on keeping your shoulders over your feet, and if you can’t reach the leaves, take a step or 2 closer.
 

  1. USE THE PROPER RAKE

Now a day, rakes come in all shapes and sized. Make sure you get the right one for you. Be sure it is long enough, coming up to at least your shoulders, and is not too large that the leaf pile is actually too heavy for you to pull or lift the leaves into the bag.
 
Try these 5 helpful back hacks to keep your spine healthy this season!