Luckily, a few simple "pre-season" exercises can help prevent weeks of aches and pains. Most importantly, increasing core stability will improve our abilities to maintain bending postures for prolonged periods of time. Recent research recommends that building the endurance of core abdominal and lower back muscles is more important than actually “strengthening” the low back. Keeping correct posture with strong abdominal muscles will prevent injury down the road and enable you to garden at all ages.
If you would like some more information on these exercises and to have your own personal biomechanics (walking, bending, lifting, kneeling) properly assessed, please come see me. Or, stop by The LEWIS CENTRE for a FREE core-strengthening class every Tuesday & Thursdays @ 1:15-1:45pm. (April 1- June 5th, 2014).