Before you give in to planting mania this spring, take a few minutes to consider your back. Pulling weeds, raking a lawn or digging a hole can strain the back in painful ways.
Avoid squatting and bending as much as possible. Instead of bending over to work in the garden, kneel on a soft cushion. Use a wheelbarrow for hauling heavy objects. But most importantly, strengthen your stomach muscles. Exercises such as those used in Pilates are best.