It's time to give your garden a long-overdue makeover. But before you give in to planting mania, take a few minutes to consider your back.
Pulling weeds, raking a lawn or digging a hole can strain the back in painful ways. Frequent squatting and kneeling can also do harm. In fact, any movement that requires lifting, twisting or turning – carrying bags of soil or fertiliser – can injure back muscles. Avoid squatting and bending as much as possible. Instead, kneel on a soft cushion. Use a wheelbarrow for hauling heavy objects. But most importantly, do exercises that will strengthen your stomach muscles.