Fall is the season for sweater weather, pumpkin-spiced everything and the beautiful changes in nature; the last of those points leading to a yard that needs to be cleared. While jumping into piles of leaves can be a great time for kids (or adults – we’re not judging!), raking, blowing or bagging leaves can make you prone to injury if you aren’t careful. Following a few simple tips can decrease your chances of injury while making your lawn tidy and neat before that first breeze comes.

1. Always keep a tight core. Very simply, suck your belly button into your spine and maintain it. DON’T hold your breath. This will be very important for rotating, bending, carrying, and pretty much any and all movement necessary when tidying up your lawn.

2. Keep it balanced. If raking or leaf blowing, don’t just use one side of your body. Alternate after every few pulls or after some time. This will keep you balanced.

3. Bend at the hips. When picking up your leaves, make sure to still maintain a ‘tight core.’ Bend at the hips and knees, keeping your back straight. Have your barrel or bag close by and ready, so you don’t have to do extra work carrying your leaves.

4. Take note of the weather. If it has rained recently, the leaves are going to be heavier and bunch up much quicker. They may also not rake up as easily, requiring stronger pulls.

5. Take smaller trips. If you need to put your leaves out on the street, make sure to move manageable amounts at a time. A few smaller trips can be much more beneficial than one large trip.

6. If you need help, ASK for it!

Hopefully these tips keep you healthy while completing your fall chores! If you do experience any aches or pains while battling your lawn, make sure to request an appointment with one of our expert therapists ASAP!