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The spring is finally here! We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ve seen all of the snow and cold weather that we’re going to see this season. It’s been a brutal winter here in Michigan, but we’ve kept our spirits high and are very much looking forward to the upcoming warm weather! This means it’s time to dig up your gardening tools and start getting your hands dirty outdoors–and more importantly, to start having some fun in the sun!

For some of us…the fun in gardening doesn’t come as easy when feet, back, knee, and joint pain starts to take over. Luckily, there’s a mat for that. WellnessMat CompanionMat is the perfect companion for the garden! It is easily portable, so you can carry it with you to every corner of your garden with ease and enjoy gardening pain free! CompanionMat isn’t the only answer for ergonomic, comfortable gardening. We’ve rounded up these 8 simple tips to make gardening this spring as enjoyable and comfortable as possible!

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1. Use a mat

We suggest WellnessMats CompanionMat, of course. Built with the same ergonomic technology that makes WellnessMats unique and unlike any other anti-fatigue mat on the market. At 3/4″ thick, the mats provide just the right amount of padding without compromising stability. Plus, CompanionMat is highly durable and a cinch to clean, with a 7 year warranty, build to withstand both indoor and outdoor use. Your knees won’t feel a thing!

2. Try an elevated garden

If you’re tired of bending over backwards for your garden, make your garden bend over backwards for you! Experiment with elevated gardens, suspended in flower pots on ropes or secured along a wall. This way, you can enjoy gardening while standing rather than kneeling.

3. Rotate tasks

Gardening is a lot of work–there is always a different task that needs to be done. Don’t spend more than 15 or 20 minutes doing the same fine motor skill. Instead, rotate tasks between plants or areas of your garden so you’re in constant motion, avoiding fatigue.

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4. Curved handles

Invest in ergonomic tools. Be on the lookout for tools that claim to be ergonomic, but actually aren’t. Use what is comfortable for you. Curved handles are especially comfortable because they lessen strain and stress on the muscles in your hands and arms. 

5. Sharpen tools

Don’t give yourself extra work by using dull tools! Be sure to sharpen your tools regularly to save on energy.

6. Use a wagon or wheel barrel to transport tools

Watering cans, shovels, pots, and plants can be heavy! Save yourself from lifting and carrying heavy objects by using a wheel barrel or wagon to transport objects across your garden instead.

7. Wear glovesglove

Find a pair of gloves that offer padding and support without compromising your grip. Most importantly–find a pair that is comfortable!

8. Do warm up stretches

If you’re not used to kneeling or bending for prolonged periods of time, practice 5 minute warm up stretches just before and after your gardening session. This will help prep your body and help avoid muscle soreness. Lower back exercises are especially helpful!

Overall, gardening is both a great exercise and great way to incorporate fresh, organic produce into your diet–it should never be painful! If you have any gardening tips for the novice gardener, we’d love to hear!

Photo courtesy of vividlife.me, theconsortiumcare.co.uk, boston.com