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Health Tip: When Gardening Triggers Back Pain

Last Updated: May 08, 2012.

(HealthDay News) -- Gardening is a great form of exercise, but it can also leave you with a painful backache.

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.

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